What does "Overreach" mean?

Today it means: Exceed your own ability, fail by being too clever.

The word "reach" is used a lot in nautical terms. The straight stretch of a river is a "reach" and one vessel can "reach" past another. To overreach is to sail upwind on a particular tack too long and therefore have to make further corrections to get where you are going.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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