Definition of over-egg in English:



in phrase over-egg the pudding
  • Go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something.

    ‘if you're telling fibs, keep them simple—never over-egg the pudding’
    • ‘I thought this was slightly over-egging the pudding.’
    • ‘We over-egged the pudding, perhaps once it started, and we suffered a sales problem because of it.’
    • ‘IBM may be over-egging the pudding in its claims about this sector.’
    • ‘The other main gripe of the research posse is the tendency of IT suppliers to over-egg the pudding.’
    • ‘He has slightly over-egged the pudding with an extraordinary amount of detail, presumably the result of months spent hanging around at catwalk presentations and after-show parties.’
    • ‘At the risk of over-egging the pudding, this is because interest was charged for every day you borrowed the money from January 1.’
    • ‘You are over-egging the pudding, if you'll pardon my pun.’
    • ‘Or is the good vicar over-egging the pudding, to coin a phrase?’
    • ‘The arrangements are full of interesting sounds like music box, berimbau and glockenspiel without ever over-egging the pudding or resorting to gratuitous novelty.’
    • ‘Heaven forbid that I should over-egg the pudding.’
    • ‘But here in Colchester, the Trust that runs the town's NHS hospitals thinks that approach is over-egging the pudding.’
    • ‘However, she goes on to over-egg the pudding with some statements that are just plain silly and call her conclusions into question.’
    • ‘To say I had a spring in my step would be over-egging the pudding but I might well have done if I'd been wearing what I believe are known as ‘trainers’ rather than Oxford brogues.’
    • ‘One problem here is the Italian tradition of over-egging the pudding: never use one strong adjective when three will do.’
    • ‘The biggest challenge he faces is chefs who literally over-egg the pudding with complicated concoctions.’
    • ‘In any case, it is over-egging the pudding somewhat to suggest that last season was as dire as many may have suggested.’
    • ‘The Scotland coach has the twin task of persuading the public to come out to pay and his players to come out of their shells, but it is still possible that he is over-egging the pudding just a little.’