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go into overdrive

To start working very hard or quickly. When the publishing deadline was moved up a week, we had to go into overdrive to get all of the articles done on time.
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go into overdrive

COMMON If someone or something goes into overdrive, they begin to work very hard or become very active. When the wedding was announced, the media went into overdrive. My imagination went into overdrive. I tried to make new dishes, not from recipe books but from books about wild plants. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in overdrive. The campaign is in overdrive now with the candidates travelling the nation in a final push for votes. Note: Overdrive is an extra gear on some vehicles, which enables them to go faster than they can with ordinary gears.
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go, etc. into ˈoverdrive

begin to work much harder, increase production, etc: Production at the factory has shifted into overdrive in an attempt to meet the new orders on time.
Overdrive is an extra high gear in a vehicle, that you use when you are driving at high speeds.
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Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body's immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection.
THE concert season at Huddersfield University goes into overdrive during December, with no fewer than 16 recitals in just 15 days at various venues.
In sepsis, the body's immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation, swelling and blood clotting.
Occasionally, the spleen goes into overdrive and gets very big.
But when Matt bails on him, Josh's anxiety goes into overdrive.
The Chelsea rumour mill goes into overdrive as cracks are beginning to show between Hugo and Millie, Ollie sets up a weekend away so Binky and Cheska can meet his new girlfriend Chloe, and Spencer phones the police when he breaks a fingernail.
Exposure can lead to anaphylactic shock where thebody'simmunedefencesystem goes into overdrive and the cells in the body start to produce the chemical histamine.
Rhys' protective nature goes into overdrive when Jamie arrives in town and declares his undying love for Hannah, right.
In tonight's episode, Kim resumes her role as head of pastoral care and the rumour mill goes into overdrive when she turns up with a baby in tow but no Andrew, leaving staff and students alike to ponder who is the father of her child.
Her devious mind goes into overdrive as she tries to figure out a way to throw an almighty spanner in the works.
An enzyme called polo kinase is involved with the normal division of cells but it goes into overdrive when cancer is present, helping the cells to multiply in an uncontrolled way.
That rear wheel goes into overdrive, or turns as much as 5 percent faster than the average of the two front wheels.
The girl's body goes into overdrive earlier in age in order to catch up for lost time," says Dr.
Some cards are being touted in playgrounds at 400 times their retail value as Pokemon mania goes into overdrive.
At elevated body temperatures, the immune system goes into overdrive and some pathogens stop reproducing.