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Overmatch

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overmatch One superior in power; also, an unequal match; a contest in which one of the opponents is overmatched.
    • Overmatch To be more than equal to or a match for; hence, to vanquish.
    • Overmatch To marry (one) to a superior.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overmatch To be more than a match for; oppose with superior force, numbers, skill, etc.; surpass; outdo: commonly in the past participle.
    • overmatch To give in marriage above one's station.
    • n overmatch One who or that which is more than a match; one who or that which is too powerful, skilful, difficult, etc., to be overcome.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overmatch ō-vėr-mach′ to be more than a match for: to conquer
    • n Overmatch one who is more than a match: one who cannot be overcome
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Quotations

  • Phaedrus
    Phaedrus
    “Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.”

Usage

In literature:

The rascals thus overmatched realized the neat manner in which they had been beaten.
"Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist" by Harlan Page Halsey
The naked Derar, horsed on an idea, was found an overmatch for a troop of cavalry.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
The naked Derar, horsed on an idea, was found an overmatch for a troop of cavalry.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The other two men, finding themselves clearly overmatched, retreated forward and gained the fore-hatchway.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston
I had kept close to the side of the general, and on several occasions had used my pistols when he had been almost overmatched.
"The Young Llanero" by W.H.G. Kingston
If it be already introduced, not to entrust those slaves with arms; who will then find themselves an overmatch for the freemen.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IV (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland II" by Various
But here they found themselves overmatched.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Or ask our two mysterious friends to guard me, for they would overmatch a dozen of Don Alberto's sort!
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Kempenfeldt took at least twenty of the convoy with troops and stores, but, overmatched as he was, he was forced to let the fleet sail on.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Like a whirlwind of devastation he rushed to meet the intruder; and the young bull was hopelessly overmatched.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Granted, he was overmatched, but he shouldn't be moving so clumsily, gasping for breath, so soon!
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
His genius for details and his ability to manage affairs and plan campaigns would have overmatched Edwin M. Stanton.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
The feminine impulse to yield was overmatched by the maternal impulse to protect.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
If Bob had done that, even though he had been hopelessly overmatched, he would have broken Houck's power over June.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
But we were not only unarmed, we were overmatched, my hearties.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
There are only two, so we shall not be overmatched.
"In Her Own Right" by John Reed Scott
It was preposterous overmatching for a child.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
If it be already introduced, not to intrust those slaves with arms; who will then find themselves an overmatch for the freemen.
"Commentaries on the Laws of England" by William Blackstone
An eighteenpenny loaf in one scale is overmatched by the accumulated weight of taxes in the other.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
Did he feel himself overmatched by any companion?
"English Critical Essays" by Various
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In poetry:

Hard the task: your prison-chamber
Widens not for lifted latch
Till the giant thews and sinews
Meet their Godlike overmatch.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
Be strong, young mower of the-grain;
That love shall overmatch disdain,
Its instincts soon or late
The heart shall vindicate.
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

York Cougars storm past overmatched Laurens.
Green leads USA past overmatched Gambia .
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez looked overmatched against the Patriots, who have the 30th-ranked defense in the N.F.L.
4 Oklahoma clearly has a few things to tighten up after scraping past a supposedly overmatched opponent.
Recognizing mismatches and punishing overmatched defenders with decisive aggression.
Overmatch, the new version will feature new vehicles and a much improved AI.
Utah junior right-hander Joe Pond was overmatched by UCLA's deep lineup.
Overmatched by a bigger and more experienced team, Cambridge couldn't play the role of spoiler against Sequoyah Friday night, falling to the Chiefs 42-0 at Skip Pope Stadium.
James, Durant star as US men wear down overmatched France.
The sound whipping of an overmatched opponent looked like a result straight out of Royal's days on the sideline as well.
"We were overmatched," said head coach, Phil Price.
Kayaker overmatched by current and seas rescued off Oak Bluffs.
Send "Eagles blow past overmatched Meade 59-29" to a friend.
Methodical Cougars bury overmatched Weber State after slow start.
WILCOX – From the beginning of Monday's game, Smethport was overmatched and Cole Peterson was spectacular.
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