Meaning of overplay one's hand in English:

overplay one's hand

phrase

  • 1(in a card game) play or bet on one's hand with a mistaken optimism.

    ‘Do not overplay your hand as this will rebound on you.’
    • ‘A good magician, he explains, anticipates the way in which the audience thinks, never overplays his hand and works intelligently with the belief system of the people in front of him.’
    • ‘Instead, he overplayed his hand and introduced doubts and inconsistencies with his failed dossiers.’
    • ‘With the polls behind him, he went all out and yet again totally overplayed his hand.’
    • ‘The young agent was so keen to serve the public interest that he overplayed his hand.’
    • ‘They are rolling with the punches, hoping that the hard-liners will overplay their hand.’
    • ‘The author sometimes seems to overplay his hand.’
    • ‘To start, there's the danger of overplaying your hand.’
    • ‘It is important to not overplay weaker hands that look good at a big table.’
    • ‘Overplaying your hand vs. a tight player is probably the easiest way to knock yourself out.’
  • 2Spoil one's chance of success through excessive confidence in one's position.

    ‘she chose to overplay her hand and lost the sympathy of those who could have saved her’
    • ‘Do not overplay your hand as this will rebound on you.’
    • ‘A good magician, he explains, anticipates the way in which the audience thinks, never overplays his hand and works intelligently with the belief system of the people in front of him.’
    • ‘Instead, he overplayed his hand and introduced doubts and inconsistencies with his failed dossiers.’
    • ‘With the polls behind him, he went all out and yet again totally overplayed his hand.’
    • ‘The young agent was so keen to serve the public interest that he overplayed his hand.’
    • ‘They are rolling with the punches, hoping that the hard-liners will overplay their hand.’
    • ‘The author sometimes seems to overplay his hand.’
    • ‘To start, there's the danger of overplaying your hand.’
    • ‘It is important to not overplay weaker hands that look good at a big table.’
    • ‘Overplaying your hand vs. a tight player is probably the easiest way to knock yourself out.’