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go overboard

1. Literally, to fall off of a boat. Be careful standing so close to the edge—we don't want anyone to go overboard!
2. To act without restraint in some area. Did I go overboard with the Christmas decorations? I'm worried I bought enough Christmas lights to light up Times Square.
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go overboard

 
1. Fig. to fall out of a boat or off of a ship; to fall overboard. Be careful or you will go overboard. Someone went overboard in the fog.
2. Fig. to do too much; to be extravagant. Look, Sally, let's have a nice party, but don't go overboard. It doesn't need to be fancy. Okay, you can buy a big comfortable car, but don't go overboard on price.
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go overboard

Show excessive enthusiasm, act in an excessive way. For example, It's easy to go overboard with a new stock offering, or She really went overboard, hiring the most expensive caterer. [Mid-1900s]
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go overboard

1 be highly enthusiastic. 2 behave immoderately; go too far.
The idea behind this idiom is that of recklessly jumping over the side of a ship into the water.
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go ˈoverboard (about/for somebody/something)

(informal) be too excited or enthusiastic about something or about doing something: I told her just to cook a simple meal but she went completely overboard.He doesn’t just like her. He’s gone completely overboard about her.
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go overboard

in. to do far more than is necessary. Now don’t go overboard for us. We’re just folks.
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go overboard

To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.
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The barrister added that he 'must have' gone overboard as a 'result of a deliberate or reckless act rather than accidentally'.
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Simon Kverndal QC, for Mrs Davis, told Mr Justice Forbes that Mr Davis had gone overboard on October 29 2000.
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The 52-year- old man is believed to have gone overboard off the coast of Northern Ireland at around 6 am yesterday Belfast coastguard co- ordinated a massive search operation, which involved an army helicopter.
Gardai said the body was possibly that of a man who was reported to have gone overboard from the ferry on January 2.
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