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- verb To promise more than is delivered
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However, Flynt's been known to "overpromise" on occasion, so I'm hopeful this isn't one of those occasions.
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Previous speakers have used the occasion to "overpromise" politically and detail their "broad, ambitious, ideologically-charged agendas."
If they aren't, don't they have a clear incentive to overpromise, and to be .. um ... disingenuous about it all?
Requirements creep/change is something that contractors used to use to negotiate more bucks from the govt (ya know, to make up for that underbid & overpromise thing).
The report's royal "we" returns again and again to such questions, claiming that "we overdiagnose, overtreat and overpromise."
On 60 Minutes, in answer to a question about whether he over-promised during the campaign, he said: I didn't overpromise.
Arianna Huffington: On Obama, Teddy Roosevelt, And The Not-So-Fierce Urgency Of Maybe Next Term Arianna Huffington 2011
BUT, what's most interesting to me about the video, is that because the well-known govt. contract game is for contractors to under-bid & overpromise, then make up the diff by selling mods/changes to NASA - in the old days contractors loved receiving new ideas to pitch to NASA, the more the better - even if they weren't all presented!
Some members expressed a fear that again euro-zone governments would "overpromise and underdeliver" in the face of the crisis.
Worries Abound That Fixes for Crisis Will Underdeliver Stephen Fidler 2011
Traditionally, politicians overpromise in these moments.
A very smart speech by Speaker Boehner Ezra Klein 2011
But rather than an absurd overpromise, I think this may actually be a weak target.