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overthink

Meaning: a dysphemism for thinking deeply about something

For example:

  • They keep factory chickens in little cages because it's cheaper, that's all. You're overthinking this, love.

  • I know a hundred dollars is a lot for one pill, but it must be a fair price. You're overthinking this too, you know.

Note: Mostly used when the speaker doesn't want someone to think about something deeply and understanding it more clearly or realize the truth.

Quick Quiz:

If someone says you're "overthinking", they want you to

a. start thinking about something

b. keep thinking about something

c. stop thinking about something

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Contributor: Matt Errey