overreact overreact  /ˈoʊ vər ri ˈækt/


  • (v) show an exaggerated response to something


  1. You overreact, improvise and over time maybe learn what works; with luck you improve.
  2. He didn't want to overreact lest he hamstring honest executives.
  3. Insurgents commit an atrocity--and wait for the ruling power to overreact, kill civilians and give the cycle of hatred another twist.


  1. Even smallest of news makes traders jump

    The market indexes again have turned on a dime, thanks to short-term traders who misinterpret -- and overreact to -- government data.
    on July 2, 2013     Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  2. Sabermetrics: Least clutch hitter in MLB? Trout

    Don't overreact to this first statement, because there's plenty of clarification that needs to be tacked on before any judgments are made: According to one popular measure, the Angels' Mike Trout has been the least clutch hitter in the major leagues this season.
    on June 30, 2013     Source: Orange County Register


  1. "I don't think we really went anywhere," Johnson said. "You know, there are certain tracks that we're looking for a little speed at, and that's just the way it always goes. It was easy to overreact because we had some poor finishes, and that...
    on Jun 27, 2010 By: Jimmie Johnson Source: News & Observer

  2. "People are disgusted and outraged, as they should be," said Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. "But let's not overreact in a way that basically has the Congress grabbing its pitchforks, and charging up the hill, and abusing what is...
    on Mar 21, 2009 By: Judd Gregg Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. As he predicted before the game, "We are going to have to win a game, eventually in this series, where he goes off for a big number. What we can't do is overreact to it."
    on Jun 13, 2010 By: Doc Rivers Source: New York Daily News

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