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overdrive

[ verb oh-ver-drahyv; noun oh-ver-drahyv ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈdraɪv; noun ˈoʊ vərˌdraɪv /
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verb (used with object), o·ver·drove, o·ver·driv·en, o·ver·driv·ing.

to push or carry to excess; overwork.
to drive too hard.

noun

Machinery, Automotive. a device containing a gear set at such ratio and arrangement as to provide a drive shaft speed greater than the engine crankshaft speed.
Informal. an intense state of activity or productivity: The political campaign has shifted into overdrive.

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Origin of overdrive

before 950; Middle English overdriven to cover over, overpower; Old English oferdrīfan to drive away, overthrow. See over-, drive
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British Dictionary definitions for overdrive

overdrive

noun (ˈəʊvəˌdraɪv)

a very high gear in a motor vehicle used at high speeds to reduce wear and save fuel
in overdrive in a state of intense activity
into overdrive into a state of intense activity

verb (ˌəʊvəˈdraɪv) -drives, -driving, -drove or -driven

(tr) to drive too hard or too far; overwork or overuse
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