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overdo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v overdo do something to an excessive degree "He overdid it last night when he did 100 pushups"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Overdo To cook too much; as, to overdo the meat.
    • Overdo To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far. "Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing."
    • v. i Overdo To labor too hard; to do too much.
    • Overdo To overtask. or overtax; to fatigue; to exhaust; as, to overdo one's strength.
    • Overdo To surpass; to excel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overdo To do to excess; hence, to overact; exaggerate.
    • overdo To carry beyond the proper limit; carry, prosecute, etc., too far.
    • overdo To cook too much: as, the roast is overdone.
    • overdo To fatigue or harass by too much action or labor: usually reflexive or followed by it.
    • overdo To surpass or exceed in performance.
    • overdo To do too much; labor too hard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overdo ō-vėr-dōō′ to do overmuch: to carry too far: to harass, to fatigue: to cook too much: to excel
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Quotations

  • David Letterman
    David Letterman
    “Sometimes something worth doing is worth overdoing.”
  • Charles M. Smith
    Charles M. Smith
    “When God created two sexes, he may have been overdoing it.”
  • Josh Jenkins
    Josh Jenkins
    “To err is human, but when the eraser wears out ahead of the pencil, you're overdoing it.”

Usage

In literature:

We can never overdo it.
"Third class in Indian railways" by Mahatma Gandhi
I want to say, however, that, in using fertilizers, you will often very easily overdo the matter.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
You are overdoing yourself, and I cannot allow it.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
But the students make the mistake of slightly overdoing it.
"Diversions in Sicily" by H. Festing Jones
If he's got ... any brains ... he'll know it's ... a phony act ... if I overdo it.
"By Proxy" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The student must be cautioned not to overdo this early morning exercise.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
But it relieved her to overdo it.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Modesty is all very well, but don't overdo it.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Mrs Chatterton received Bryda with kindly warmth, rather overdoing her apologies for her humble fare and poor cottage.
"Bristol Bells" by Emma Marshall
You cannot overdo it.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
We are inclined to overdo it.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, March 1893" by Various
It was clear to her that he was overdoing it, and in her opinion that was as bad as not doing it at all.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
He did not overdo it.
"Stubble" by George Looms
It was a most successful occasion up to this point, but somehow college boys always overdo a thing.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
It is pleasing and well made rather than deeply impassioned, and it is a mistake to overdo the contrasts in it.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
There is no danger of overdoing matters in this part of garden-work.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
Dad said, "all right, let 'er go, but do it sort of easy, at first, so not to overdo it," and I got my artillery ready.
"Peck's Bad Boy Abroad" by George W. Peck
But he had a vague uneasy idea they were overdoing it.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
That wife of his is overdoing it.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
Now when you've got to that point, don't overdo it.
"The Radio Boys at the Sending Station" by Allen Chapman
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In news:

The holiday season is generally a time we let ourselves overdo it a bit when it comes to drinking alcohol.
Yes, it's good for you, but don't overdo it.
Indulge in a Maple Cream Brownie Shot without overdoing it this holiday.
Keywords are the most important part of the SEO strategy, but don't overdo it.
To check out if you are overdoing it, look at your pulse everyone morning next a workout.
John Maine was pleased with his first Grapefruit League performance, although he was pulled with two out in the second inning because he was on a strict pitch count to avoid overdoing it this spring.
Usually, they don't praise themselves enough (although some overdo it, and I must provide a more mature perspective), and focus too intently on their weaknesses.
When you toast to your health, don't overdo it.
I overdo it, even though I tell myself not to, and I don't really enjoy it as much as I would like because I am running around doing way more than I can handle.
You just can't overdo sage in the garden.
Whether it's wreaths or menorahs, your sellers shouldn't overdo it around the holidays.
Social sites let you network with peers but don't overdo it.
(Overmixing can result in a lead torpedo for stuffing, so do not overdo it.
When it comes to snacking, it's easy to overdo it—especially at the office.
There are those who do "overdo it" every once in a while and need to be "reeled in.
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In science:

For the expert on representation theory this section is rather obvious and the proofs of some propositions may be seen as overdoing it, but we include it because we don’t know of a good reference covering the cases we need to consider.
Describing coherent sheaves on projective spaces via Koszul duality
Unfortunately (a usual story when fashion permeates physics), people in search of quick and easy paths to Olympus tend to overdo themselves.
Reflections and Impressionistic Portrait at the Conference "Frontiers Beyond the Standard Model," FTPI, Oct. 2012
Since this is a sub ject where it seems particularly important to have a convenient reference—no one likes to think about signs—we have included quite a bit of exposition (perhaps overdoing it on occasion).
Coherence for invertible objects and multi-graded homotopy rings
Provided one does not overdo Ns as describe above, the signal should be comparable for a given product of Ns and number of gauge configurations.
Maximal variance reduction for stochastic propagators with applications to the static quark spectrum
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