- to do to excess; overindulge in: to overdo dieting.
- to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit: He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.
- to overact (a part); exaggerate.
- to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
- to cook too much or too long; overcook: Don't overdo the hamburgers.
- to do too much; go to an extreme: Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.
Origin of overdo
Examples from the Web for overdoing
Greebel also warns of overdoing your protein intake, which can tax your kidneys—so be careful with protein powders and pills.6 Snacks to Eat for Your Workout
August 15, 2010
Yet it seemed to Phillips as if Smith were overdoing his pose of ignorance.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
You had better go, Kate, and make him sit down, or he'll be overdoing it.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
That last did seem to be overdoing things a bit, but not seriously.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
You have been overdoing yourself—that explains itself to everybody.A Houseful of Girls
He was bowing to her with an obvious intention of overdoing it.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
- to take or carry too far; do to excess
- to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
- to cook or bake too long
- overdo it or overdo things to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
Word Origin and History for overdoing
Old English oferdon "to do too much," from ofer (see over) + don (see do (v.)). Common Germanic (cf. Old High German ubartuan). Meaning "to overtax, exhaust" (especially in phrase to overdo it) is attested from 1817. Of food, "to cook too long," first recorded 1680s (in past participle adjective overdone).