Definition of overdo in English:



  • 1Do, use, or carry to excess; exaggerate.

    ‘she rather overdoes the early cockney scenes’
    ‘I'd overdone the garlic in the curry’
    • ‘Beware of overdoing anything, or going over the top emotionally.’
    • ‘It was rather overdone, and I just stopped the quirk of my eyebrows that would cue him in to the mistake.’
    • ‘The consensus was that, although water was indeed a lovely thing to have in unlimited supply, we'd rather overdone it.’
    • ‘Most economists believe the EU will not overdo the increase in rates bearing in mind the delicate nature of the economic recovery currently underway.’
    • ‘Winemakers can overdo the colour extraction and thus spoil the flavour.’
    • ‘We feel that the inflation concerns there were overdone, and mostly due to one-time factors.’
    • ‘Equally, don't overdo the concealer or your eyes will look like they've got white circles round them.’
    • ‘Yet the real malfunction has been in the realms of broken promises and overdoing expectations.’
    • ‘You can, in short, overdo the pomp of sci-fi prophecy, the edge of quasi-religiosity that turns decently crafted fiction into something more grandiose.’
    • ‘Too late, to his chagrin, not to mention embarrassment, he found that he had rather overdone it, and could not get near him.’
    • ‘If Jennifer overdoes activities, her heart beats extremely quickly.’
    • ‘This chart really puts it all into perspective and shows that all the hoopla over inflation returning is overdone.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, some of these tracks suffer due to some rather overdone production.’
    • ‘By all means make it look appetising, but do not overdo the plate-decorating, nor feel you have to emulate restaurants, and stack everything up like the leaning tower of Pisa.’
    • ‘Modernisation is by no means overdone, or rather, when it is overdone, it is brazenly clever.’
    • ‘Some experts believe the money markets are currently overdoing the gloom about possible rate rises.’
    • ‘Some newspapers sell by overdoing this subject.’
    • ‘Campaigners in the various health matters, especially, should realise that their messages are bound to fall on deaf ears when they overdo the exercises.’
    • ‘While the religious devotionalism of the past was often overdone and was open to excess, it gave people a range of prayer-forms to choose from and an ownership over a life of personal prayer.’
    • ‘Whether you're overdoing the drink, or spending too much time in the sun, chances are you'll need a paracetamol at some point.’
    excessive, too much, undue, immoderate, inordinate, disproportionate, inflated, beyond the pale, overstated, overworked, overripe, laboured, exaggerated, over-elaborate, overemphasized, extravagant, over-enthusiastic, effusive, over-effusive, gushing, fulsome, highly coloured, sensationalistic, forced, affected
    exaggerate, overstate, do to death, overemphasize, overplay, go overboard with, dramatize, overdramatize
    do too much …, drink too much …, have too much …, use too much …, overindulge in, do to excess, drink to excess, eat to excess, have to excess, use to excess, carry too far, carry to extremes, not know when to stop, be intemperate
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    1. 1.1overdo it/things Exhaust oneself by overwork or overexertion.
      ‘I'd simply overdone it in the gym’
      • ‘Mars is a hard-driving taskmaster, so you've probably been overdoing things again recently.’
      • ‘But check to see if you and your girls are overdoing it.’
      • ‘He is as guilty as any monkey might be of overdoing things, and most of the paintings lack the specific character of the ones I have described.’
      • ‘Having rather overdone things recently, I was told by my doctor (yes, even doctors have doctors) to take a holiday.’
      • ‘I knew that I was overdoing it, but sometimes the wave is so big, and you have been working all your life to get it to become a wave, so when it takes off, you just have to ride it.’
      • ‘When athletes do core stabilisation and abdominal work we tend to see a lot of lower back problems because they're overdoing it.’
      • ‘While we are certainly fans of hard work and determination, there is also such a thing as overdoing it.’
      • ‘Paul settles me down and is good at catching the warning signs that I am overdoing things.’
      • ‘Conversely, anything that increases pulse rate by 30 or 40 means you are overdoing it.’
      • ‘Was she forced to become a chiropractor because so many of her yoga clients were overdoing it and leaving her centre incapacitated?’
      • ‘A person's heart rate is also checked every seven minutes to ensure the person is not overdoing it.’
      • ‘Barua is an avid tennis player who still takes the game with the exuberance of a youngster, consequently overdoing things at times.’
      • ‘The Doctor is of course off this weekend also and I am continuing in my discussions to try to keep him from overdoing things - he works harder than most and doesn't take to relaxation.’
      • ‘I know the other parents thought I was overdoing it.’
      • ‘The importance of not overdoing things was reinforced by my surgeon, who had driven his car on a long trip the day after his hernia operation.’
      • ‘The manual takes pains to underscore the ills of overdoing things.’
      • ‘For example, back ache often occurs following an afternoon of overdoing it in the garden.’
      • ‘Mine often used to give up on me when I was overdoing things!’
      • ‘The monitor makes it easy to avoid overdoing it.’
      • ‘You know overdoing it simply isn't the way to go, so don't.’
      work too hard, overwork, do too much, work like a horse, work like a slave, work like a trojan, work day and night, burn the midnight oil, burn the candle at both ends, strain oneself, sweat, sweat blood, overtax oneself, overtax one's strength, overburden oneself, overload oneself, drive oneself too hard, push oneself too hard, run oneself into the ground, work oneself into the ground, wear oneself to a shadow, work one's fingers to the bone, wear oneself out, have too many irons in the fire, have too many balls in the air, burn oneself out, bite off more than one can chew
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    2. 1.2 Overcook.
      • ‘The fish was fresh and not overdone, but there was obviously some concern in the kitchen that the black beans might overwhelm the bass.’
      • ‘In conclusion she declared that the spaghetti had been beautifully cooked and not overdone as she usually does it.’
      • ‘The tiger prawns were huge and not overdone and the potatoes and vegetables not overcooked.’
      • ‘Although the mint and cumin combined well, the meatballs were perhaps a little overdone.’
      • ‘My halibut was slightly overcooked and came with similarly overdone vegetables, making for an unmemorable experience.’
      • ‘The chicken looked a bit pink so I stuck it in the microwave and it came out really overdone.’
      • ‘The sausages were tangy and unusual, slightly overdone at one end - which I like in a sausage - and tasty.’
      overcooked, overbaked, dried out, burnt, burnt to a cinder, burnt to a crisp
      overcook, overbake, burn, burn to a cinder, burn to a crisp
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Old English oferdōn (see over-, do).