Definition of go overboard in US English:

go overboard


  • 1Be very enthusiastic.

    ‘Gary went overboard for you’
    • ‘Enthusiasm for a presidential contender often causes people to go overboard with their praise and lose touch with reality.’
    • ‘But if we do go overboard at the office party, experts say we should try to spare our blushes.’
    • ‘It was a family practice review course, designed to give an overview of the latest developments in medicine and clinical treatment, yet some of the speakers went overboard in their enthusiasm for the latest treatment trends.’
    • ‘Mind you, we didn't go overboard as it wasn't the best time to celebrate in the middle of a World Cup.’
    • ‘Even so, I hope the blogosphere doesn't embarrass itself by going overboard in celebrating its victory over the notorious MSM.’
    live extravagantly, live in the lap of luxury, live in clover
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  • 2React in an immoderate way.

    ‘Chris has a bit of a temper and can sometimes go overboard’
    • ‘But there is another reason why some people had the impression that the press has gone overboard.’
    • ‘So you think the press has gone overboard on this story?’
    • ‘That's why you should plan ahead so you can enjoy your food without going overboard, especially if you go on an all-inclusive vacation where you have all-you-can-eat buffets tempting you.’
    • ‘It does annoy me the way we go completely overboard regarding any young British tennis hopeful who manages to win a couple of matches.’
    • ‘As if it wasn't already apparent that I've gone overboard, my contribution for today to 100 Words has a decidedly familiar theme.’
    • ‘What I think has happened is that Mark has gone overboard.’
    • ‘By following these guidelines, rather than avoiding certain foods, I'll be less inclined to binge on empty calories or go overboard at mealtime.’
    • ‘When I have a craving, I can enjoy one bag of chips or cookies without worrying about going overboard.’
    • ‘Suggesting that you might paste it into a scrapbook would have been going a little overboard, but you get the gist.’
    • ‘When the food started arriving I began to realise I had gone overboard, because the portions were enormous.’
    drink too much, eat too much, overeat, drink like a fish, overdrink, be greedy, be immoderate, be intemperate, overindulge oneself, overdo it, not know when to stop, drink to excess, eat to excess, go to excess, gorge, gorge oneself, surfeit, guzzle, feast
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