go overboard


1. to do something to excess or to be overly enthusiastic






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Don't go overboard with dinner, there are only two of us

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When you 'go overboard' you go 'over the top', or do more than is necessary to complete the task or goal. It is an informal expression usually used in a humorous or negative context to express a waste of resources or energy. Related to the adjective 'overkill' and 'over the top'.

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  1. I think I went overboard with this dessert. It could feed a whole football team.
  2. Please don't go overboard when I come to stay. I don't expect much.

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  1. Be careful not to go overboard with the explanation. We don't want to appear patronising.
  2. We have gone way overboard with our spending. We need to rein in our expenses.

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