v. o·ver·shot (-shŏt), o·ver·shoot·ing, o·ver·shoots
1. To shoot or pass over or beyond.
2. To miss by or as if by shooting, hitting, or propelling something too far.
3. To fly beyond or past; overrun: The plane overshot the runway.
4. To go beyond; exceed.
To shoot or go too far.
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