Definition of — to a fault in US English:

— to a fault

phrase

  • (of someone who displays a particular commendable quality) to an extent verging on excess.

    ‘you're kind, caring and generous to a fault’
    • ‘Nevertheless, incumbent officeholders, candidates, and aspirants are pragmatic to a fault, and their main concern is with winning elections.’
    • ‘He can be alternately naïve, guarded, generous to a fault and miserable - perky and jumpy one moment and depressing the next.’
    • ‘At church, he hovered around Ruth like a fly, attentive to a fault.’
    • ‘Unlike most of the places I've been, however, these villagers were more controlled and polite to a fault.’
    • ‘He was generous to a fault: invite him to dinner, and he would come proffering a box of chocolates the size of the coffee-table.’
    • ‘She's beautiful, intelligent, strong, generous to a fault, kind, and the list goes on.’
    • ‘She was generous to a fault and belonged to a generation of people who never counted the cost of community involvement but gave themselves wholeheartedly to the overall good.’
    • ‘When I was in high school, my honors English teacher once said to me that my writing was ‘concise to a fault.’’
    • ‘For all that, he could be very charming - he told great stories, had a voracious appetite for arts and culture, and was often generous to a fault.’
    • ‘You are loyal to a fault to your friends, merciless to your enemies.’
    excessively, unduly, immoderately, overly, in the extreme, out of all proportion, overmuch, needlessly
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