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overact (ˌəʊvərˈækt Pronunciation for overact



  1. to act or behave in an exaggerated manner, as in a theatrical production Also: overplay


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= exaggerate, overdo it, go overboard, overplay, overemphasize, lay it on thick, make a production of, ham or ham it up

Example Sentences Including 'overact'

Believe it or not, transvestites can overact , and having a camera pointed in their direction often brings out the worst.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Both Ben Fox (Thersites) and Johnson Willis (Pandarus) overact relentlessly.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
Even an over-the-top performance by Brody (how do you overact when you're locked in a coffin?
Maxim (2005)
James Cellan-Jones told me again to take it down a bit & I did: there's no doubt about it, I overact as far as the camera is concerned.
Williams Kenneth & Davies, Russell (ed.) The Kenneth Williams Diaries


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