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overdo

[oh-ver-doo]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·did, o·ver·done, o·ver·do·ing.
  1. to do to excess; overindulge in: to overdo dieting.
  2. to carry to excess or beyond the proper limit: He puts on so much charm that he overdoes it.
  3. to overact (a part); exaggerate.
  4. to overtax the strength of; fatigue; exhaust.
  5. to cook too much or too long; overcook: Don't overdo the hamburgers.
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verb (used without object), o·ver·did, o·ver·done, o·ver·do·ing.
  1. to do too much; go to an extreme: Exercise is good but you mustn't overdo.
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Origin of overdo

before 1000; Middle English overdon, Old English oferdōn. See over-, do1
Related formso·ver·do·er, noun
Can be confusedoverdo overdue
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Examples from the Web for overdid

Historical Examples

  • You persisted in working, you overdid it, Pressure came on, and you were done for!

    The Uncommercial Traveller

    Charles Dickens

  • Which was just where, like most movie uncles, he overdid the part.

    Torchy and Vee

    Sewell Ford

  • My books were and always have been a part of me, and as was to be expected, I overdid it.

    Each Man Kills

    Victoria Glad

  • Sometimes we overdid it, raising the dull-red to brightness now and then.

    The Big Otter

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Gradually, from now, she gave up all her time to reading and writing, and she overdid it.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand


British Dictionary definitions for overdid

overdo

verb -does, -doing, -did or -done (tr)
  1. to take or carry too far; do to excess
  2. to exaggerate, overelaborate, or overplay
  3. to cook or bake too long
  4. overdo it or overdo things to overtax one's strength, capacity, etc
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Word Origin and History for overdid

overdo

v.

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).

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