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Overreaching   /ˈoʊvərrˌitʃɪŋ/   Listen

Revealing excessive self-confidence; reaching for the heights.  Synonym: vaulting.

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"Overreaching" Quotes from Famous Books

... man's being. Knowledge, while the surest form of wealth of which no one can rob us, and the best as the stepping-stone to the highest well-being, is like wealth in one respect: it is not character and can be used for good or evil. If my neighbor uses his greater knowledge as a means of overreaching us all, it ...
— The Whence and the Whither of Man • John Mason Tyler

... every instance where mankind are not greatly corrupted, is fortitude. Yet their way of maintaining this point of honour, is very different from that of the nations of Europe. Their ordinary method of making war is by ambuscade; and they strive, by overreaching an enemy, to commit the greatest slaughter, or to make the greatest number of prisoners, with the least hazard to themselves. They deem it a folly to expose their own persons in assaulting an enemy, and do not rejoice in victories which are stained with the blood of ...
— An Essay on the History of Civil Society, Eighth Edition • Adam Ferguson, L.L.D.

... the two papers and put them into my pocket. I did not then feel, nor have I since been able to understand, all the indignation which has been poured on Lord Clive's head for this artifice, by which a treacherous, overreaching scoundrel was robbed of the blackmail he had tried to extort. As to the charge which has been made against that great man of having caused Admiral Watson's name to be forged to the second treaty, I can only say that it was the general opinion at the time that the gallant ...
— Athelstane Ford • Allen Upward

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