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o·ver·re·act

(ō′vər-rē-ăkt′)
v.
To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.
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A dramatic overreaction in enthusiasm is often followed by an 'overreaction in pessimism'.
The authors postulated the overreaction hypothesis based on the findings of an experimental study in psychology conducted by Kahneman and Tversky [13], wherein individuals were found to initially overreact to the arrival of unexpected news.
Once the crisis blew up and hit the front pages of every financial publication, the overreaction was extreme.
SOX was/is an overreaction to the lack of prosecution for which those who are already victims must pay yet again for the sins of the greedy few.
In fact, Vernon Houk, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) official who in 1982 recommended that Times Beach be abandoned, later admitted that the move was an overreaction.
He was incensed because he was bleeding and then there was an overreaction.
The National Association of Home Builders has told Congress that it supports efforts to reform the National Flood Insurance Program to ensure its long-term financial stability, but cautioned against an overreaction to unusual circumstances surrounding last year's devastating hurricane season.
Otherwise, taxpayer concerns about IRS excesses will mount and Congress may feel the need to respond with changes that, over time, might themselves be viewed as an overreaction.
The Liberal Democrat chairman of the constitutional affairs select committee warned that overreaction to terrorism by the Government could breed more terrorists in Britain's Muslim communities.
The abolition of corporal punishment was a gross overreaction to child abuse.
As Angus King, then Governor of Maine, fought for his laptop legislation, Henrico was in the news for inappropriate Web use and an overreaction to isolated student mischief.
But the investors aren't pleased by recent regulations, either, with one respondent calling the Sarbanes-Oxley Act "an outrageous overreaction to some bad apples.