Usage examples for overreach

  1. As I rounded a corner, I perceived him out of the tail of my eye, still following, but now within fifty yards of me, he having run to thus overreach me; and ere I had turned up a couple of alleys he was on my heels and twitching me by the sleeve. – A Set of Rogues by Frank Barrett
  2. Still, it was a plot that might overreach itself. – The Chevalier d'Auriac by S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats
  3. He prided himself immensely on the possession of a business shrewdness which was an absolute defense against any desire on the part of the iniquitous to overreach him. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. The alcaldes were said to influence the commanders of the cruisers, and the latter to overreach the alcaldes; but both usually made common cause. – The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes by Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes
  5. He was therefore extremely indignant at this apparent discovery of an attempt to overreach him in a boy so promising and so much of a favourite as Eric Williams. – Eric, or Little by Little by Frederic W. Farrar
  6. There is a gulf which not the profoundest search can fathom, which not the strongest- winged love can overreach the gulf of individuality. – Life of Robert Browning by William Sharp
  7. A treaty, or, to speak more correctly, a negotiation, therefore, according to the acceptation of experienced statesmen learned in these matters, is no longer an attempt to accommodate differences, to ascertain rights, and to establish an equitable exchange of kind offices; but a contest of skill between two powers which shall overreach and take in the other it is a cunning endeavor to obtain by peaceful manoeuvre and the chicanery of cabinets those advantages which a nation would otherwise have wrested by force of arms; in the same manner as a conscientious highwayman reforms and becomes a quiet and praiseworthy citizen, contenting himself with cheating his neighbor out of that property he would formerly have seized with open violence. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving
  8. For that business man down in the sharp competition of the world where duty calls him, to resist the sly temptations to overreach to keep keenly alert not to be overreached; and through all to preserve an uncensorious spirit, unhurt by the selfishness of the crowd- tell me, some of you men- will that not take power? – Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon
  9. Let a point of truth or conscience come in debate, let a notion of religion, and one far off from an interest in Christ be in the business, and then he can take advantage to make a man overreach himself in it. – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  10. A trader, in order to defeat a rival, may 1. Give better quality at the same price, which is equal to giving more for the money, and is therefore a form of underselling; or 2. He may give the same quantity and quality at a lower price; or 3. He may balance the lowering of his price by resorting to adulteration or the use of inferior workmanship or material; or 4. He may try to overreach his rival by employing more travellers or by advertising more extensively. – Britain for the British by Robert Blatchford
  11. Yet I know that your courage will match and overreach anything they have shown. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  12. Never does avarice overreach itself more completely than when plants are permitted to bear the same season in which they are set out. – The Home Acre by E. P. Roe
  13. It was only perfectly palpable that he meant it to be so, and he who parades his indifference is apt to overreach himself. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  14. Bruslart was already planning how he could overreach his companion. – The Light That Lures by Percy Brebner
  15. It is a life of constant anxiety, desire to overreach and general gloom; enlivened now and then, by a gleam of hope or of success. – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
  16. He was fortunate in securing a train to New York without having to wait more than five minutes, and late that night the Chester boys and the others of their party were in full possession of the details of the air- ship in which Luther Barr meant to overreach them if it lay within his power. – The Boy Aviators' Treasure Quest by Captain Wilbur Lawton (pseudonym for John Henry Goldfrap)
  17. But they're usurping the public domain, and they'll overreach themselves one of these days. – The Rustler of Wind River by G. W. Ogden
  18. Perhaps the war has intensified them; perhaps they are always there; perhaps this is the chronic atmosphere of Peking, where each power is trying to outdo the other, to overreach the other, in their dealings with China. – Peking Dust by Ellen N. La Motte