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To react with unnecessary or inappropriate force, emotional display, or violence.
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Ms Vorderman, who was brought up in Denbighshire, joined Labour MP Chris Bryant, former Montgomeryshire MP Lembit Opik and Lib Dem AM Peter Black, who all accused Plaid's Jonathan Edwards of overreacting to the article.
Overreacting (i.e., panicking) will cause undue stress related to a problem that is very manageable.
During outbreaks of infections, both the media and the public are often criticized for overreacting, yet public concern over serious health hazards is essential in guiding prevention activities (3-5) and in deciding whether to adopt measures that could place restrictions on civil rights, such as quarantine (6).
Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble yesterday accused nationalists of overreacting as the furore over his scathing criticisms of the Irish Republic rumbled on.
The brute said I was overreacting, and besides, he met the California environmental standards, which as far as he knew was unusual for any SUV.
I resented their overreacting, but after a few days I had to admit I was wrong.
I remember 20 years ago, after strong words from me in a charge to synod on the subject, some friends who thought I was seriously overreacting about it all bought some lottery tickets and put my name on them in the hope that I might win.
High cortisol levels can make people vulnerable to overreacting to stress later in life.
If those with the information would be more candid, Kappelman asserts, ill-informed people could avoid overreacting later ...
"The stock may be overvalued at that point," he says, adding that it may be better to invest when the news isn't necessarily good; the market may just be overreacting or overeager.
"We are looking at the full spectrum and how it can be dealt with most effectively without overreacting," said Davenport.