overplay hand

overplay hand
overplay (your) hand mainly American to try to get more advantages from a situation than you are likely to get.

I'm going to ask for promotion but I think it might be overplaying my hand to ask to work fewer hours as well.


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  • overplay your hand — phrase to believe you are in a stronger situation or position than you really are and fail as a result He overplayed his hand, and his arrogance lost him the election. Thesaurus: to make a mistake, or to do something badlysynonym to cause… …   Useful english dictionary

  • overplay — ► VERB ▪ overemphasize. ● overplay one s hand Cf. ↑overplay one s hand …   English terms dictionary

  • overplay — (v.) to emphasize (something) too much, 1930, a metaphor from card games, in to overplay (one s) hand, to spoil one s hand by bidding in excess of its value, from OVER (Cf. over) + PLAY (Cf. play) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • overplay one's hand — ► overplay one s hand spoil one s chance of success through excessive confidence. Main Entry: ↑overplay …   English terms dictionary

  • overplay — [ō΄vər plā′, ō′vər plā΄] vt. 1. to overact, overdo, or overemphasize 2. to overestimate the strength of (one s hand in cards) and be defeated as a result: the phrase overplay one s hand is usually used figuratively …   English World dictionary

  • overplay your hand — overplay (your) hand mainly American to try to get more advantages from a situation than you are likely to get. I m going to ask for promotion but I think it might be overplaying my hand to ask to work fewer hours as well …   New idioms dictionary

  • hand — hand1 W1S1 [hænd] n ↑finger, ↑fingernail, ↑thumb ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of body)¦ 2¦(help)¦ 3¦(control)¦ 4 get out of hand 5 on the other hand 6 hands off 7 in hand …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hand — I [[t]hæ̱nd[/t]] NOUN USES AND PHRASES ♦ hands (Please look at category 56 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.) 1) N COUNT Your hands are the parts of your body at the end of your arms. Each hand has four …   English dictionary

  • hand — 1 noun PART OF THE BODY 1 (C) the part at the end of a person s arm, including the fingers and thumb, used to pick up or keep hold of things: He held the pencil in his right hand. | Go wash your hands. | hold hands: They kissed and held hands. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • overplay — verb (T) 1 to make something seem more important than it is: The poet s importance is overplayed by his biographer. opposite underplay (1) 2 overplay your hand to try to gain more advantage than you know you can reasonably expect: If you re… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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