Definition of overtrick in US English:



  • A trick taken by the declarer in excess of the contract.

    • ‘In Auction Bridge, overtricks count towards making game, so it is only necessary to bid high enough to win the contract - there is no incentive to bid all the tricks you can make.’
    • ‘If you take more tricks than you bid you lose one point for each overtrick.’
    • ‘For example, if the bid is 3 Diamonds and the defenders take 11 tricks, they score for a partial with two overtricks.’
    • ‘In this respect it has an affinity with the exact bidding games, especially as there is sometimes a penalty for making too many overtricks.’
    • ‘However, some play that the declarer receives nothing extra for overtricks and some play that the declarer who takes 9 or more tricks wins nothing at all.’