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Idioms

go overboard

This page is about the idiom go overboard

Meaning

If you go overboard, you do something too much or you do it with excessive enthusiasm.

For example

  • Whenever my son gets a new hobby, he goes completely overboard. He's just discovered jazz, so now he wants to buy a saxophone, get lessons, buy hundreds of jazz books and recordings, and he even wants to go to New Orleans.

  • Harry gave his son a sportscar for his graduation present. Do you think he went a bit overboard?

Note:
See "go over the top" for another idiom with a similar meaning.

Quick Quiz

We can have a nice holiday in Spain whenever we like. We don't have to go overboard and

a. stay at home as well

b. move over there to live

c. go there occasionally

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