over-egg the pudding

over-egg the pudding

To get something wrong or make something worse by doing too much of something or trying too hard to improve a situation. Primarily heard in UK. I think we've over-egged the pudding with the amount of technology we've crammed into our daily lives—no one knows how to have a quiet moment anymore. The latest budget over-eggs the pudding yet again, spreading resources across too many sectors without enough funds to actually fix any of them.
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over-egg the pudding

mainly BRITISH
If someone over-eggs the pudding, they spoil something by trying too hard to improve it. You can buy all sorts of extras for the car, but it's very easy to over-egg the pudding. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of pudding. The band certainly knew how to over-egg the cake, with no song being complete unless it had three tempo changes and a loud finale.
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over-egg the pudding (or cake)

go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something.
Excessive quantities of egg in a pudding could either make it too rich or cause it not to set or cook correctly.
1998 Spectator This is a noble end, but in her eagerness to reach it Duffy somewhat over-eggs the cake.
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ˌover-egg the ˈpudding

used to say that you think somebody has done more than is necessary, or has added unnecessary details to make something seem better or worse than it really is: If you’re telling lies, keep it simple — never over-egg the pudding.
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They tend to over-egg the pudding and put lots of things on.
Kant, both 2009, Millet just about manages not to over-egg the pudding.
WHEN assessing the spread markets after writing fixed-odds previews, it is easy to over-egg the pudding and try to find alternatives to supporting our outright selections, writes Steve Palmer.
If you're tempted to over-egg the pudding, you can end up looking insincere.
Sadly this is not the first time that the Chancellor has attempted to over-egg the pudding in relation to the Government's regional policies.
I don't want to over-egg the pudding on this one but the question popped into my head again this week when I saw that Gary McAllister was fourth favourite to take over from Peter Reid at Leeds Unit-ed.
Although it's been clear from the start that there is a strong Christian allegory on show here, the fact that Neo becomes more and more Christ-like as he enters the matrix does over-egg the pudding.
I did over-egg the pudding a little and that was foolish but the idea that I'm some kind of purveyor of drugs is preposterous.
To call Stourbridge favourites is to over-egg the pudding - unless they win today.
In that sense Ben was great to work with - he's dead experimental like us and very quick as well which is great because left to our own devices we just tinker and tinker and over-egg the pudding perhaps.
Frasier, always one to over-egg the pudding, arranges for Niles and Daphne to be alone.