overcompensate overcompensate

Definition(s):

  1. (v) make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
  2. (v) make excessive corrections for fear of making an error

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Having been denied education and material goods as children, many adults wildly overcompensate in doting on their kids.
  2. Until we're there we aren't going to overcompensate just to look good.
  3. To make matters worse, besieged politicians and bureaucrats have started to overcompensate for past lapses by sharing more than necessary.

News

  • When Consumers Consolidate Their Digital Self, Marketers Smell Opportunity

    Labor Day in the US is that pivotal holiday in September when the Western Hemisphere takes a deep breath, wonders why August was so quiet and returns to work and school ready to overcompensate. This week after Labor Day, I thought it would be timely to connect a series of interesting data points from the waning days of summer for CMOs to note, and what should be done about them in the next round ...
    on September 6, 2013     Source: Forbes

Quotes

  1. "Listening to our lawyers, one has to vote for a deal which is in the best [financial] interest for the shareholders," Mr. von Holtzbrinck said, "except if one can prove that such deal bears risk for the company that overcompensate the...
    on Jul 19, 2007 By: Dieter von Holtzbrinck Source: Wall Street Journal

  2. "Because he was so lax earlier in his term, he has no choice but to overcompensate," said Bartlett. "At the White House, they understand belatedly that they have destroyed the Republican party's reputation for fiscal responsibility. And they...
    on Oct 8, 2007 By: Bruce Bartlett Source: Forbes

  3. "With Antawn being out, everybody has to do a little bit more. It can't just be Caron and Gil trying to overcompensate, because then that's going to make everyone look bad," said Haywood, whose season-high 20 points and 11 rebounds gave him his...
    on Feb 5, 2007 By: Brendan Haywood Source: USA Today

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