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overreach

verb accroach, annul, cheat, circumvent, deceive, defeat one's own purpose, defeat oneself by overdoing matters, dupe, encroach, exceed, extend beyond, extend over, fool, get the better of, have one's plans backfire, nullify one's gains, offset, outsmart, outwit, overact, overdo, overextend, overshoot, reach beyond, reach over, reach too far, thwart, trick, trip, undermine, undo
Associated concepts: undue influence
See also: betray, impose, intrude
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Centlivre suggests another familiar complaint--Charles is the classic overreacher who exemplifies the vanity of human wishes.
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But Kipling, who repeatedly rejected the Laureateship, was suspicious of an elitism that aggrandized overreachers.
The play's narrative about her ambition to obtain position and fame collapses into a heavily gendered cautionary tale about tyrannical overreachers and their demise.
Which is why Walker, Kasich, and kindred Republican overreachers are in real trouble.
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In any case, the "new" dots on the German map are actually very old names like Bauer, Bertelsmann and Springer, all of them with book publishing at their core; gone are not only Bavaria-based Kirch but a host of upstarts or overreachers such as EM.
Despite a clumsy and wholly redundant opening that cited Napoleon as a role model for overreachers, Gods and Monsters launched Channel 4's six-part Great Military Blunders in provocative manner guaranteed to get old campaigners enraged.
In six novels now, one of the major oeuvres in American letters of the past three decades, Stone is obsessed with the spiritual desperadoes, the overreachers, the uneasy riders, those who are tempted to go too far out--to madness, riches, prizes, revolution, whatever they find out too late they can't get.
These include verbal dexterity, the ability to reconfigure genre, the internalization of character, the creation of overreachers, gender reconceptualizations, and an emphasis on the creative imagination.
In a pair of stories that draw on Shrew and Othello, those whose authority is legitimate prosper, while overreachers are destroyed by their cupidity.