Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

go overboard

go overboard
1) to do something to excess or to be overly enthusiastic
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    • Don't go overboard with dinner, there are only two of us
  • Analysis
    When you 'go overboard' you go 'over the top', or do more than is necessary to complete the task or goal. It is an informal expression usually used in a humorous or negative context to express a waste of resources or energy. Related to the adjective 'overkill' and 'over the top'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I think I went overboard with this dessert. It could feed a whole football team.
    2. Please don't go overboard when I come to stay. I don't expect much.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Be careful not to go overboard with the explanation. We don't want to appear patronising.
    2. We have gone way overboard with our spending. We need to rein in our expenses.
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