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carry (something) to extremes

To do something in an excessive or overzealous manner. With the way Phil keeps bossing us around, he's really carrying his title of "interim manager" to extremes.
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We should observe that this year, the Rocky Mountain Company were pushing their way up the rivers, and establishing rival posts near those of the American Company; and that, at the very time of which we are speaking, Captain Sublette was ascending the Yellowstone with a keel boat, laden with supplies; so that there was every prospect of this eager rivalship being carried to extremes.
To what extent does human nature degenerate mired in a permanent state of conflict, and how far does a tendency to evil, carried to extremes, develop?
While this choice was sometimes carried to extremes, as in the case of Simeon the Stylite who famously lived atop a pillar for 37 years, other figures like Basil of Caesarea took a more common-sense approach.
In New Testament Greek, debt means "sin." But, though it might be sinful to go into debt, Matthew 6:12 supports absolution: "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors." Widespread social resistance to creditors' claims on debtors' property for non-payment has meant that "foreclosure" has rarely been carried to extremes.
Even The Times, organ of the Establishment, described him as "a strong man whose characteristic fault was a stiffness of backbone which could be carried to extremes".
This technique, too, could be shown to lead to absurd results if carried to extremes. The amazing thing about the book is that Hoffman himself provides the absurdities of his own method.
Holding on to more capital is "undeniably important for making banks safer", said Marcus Agius, who is also chairman of Barclays, but carried to extremes it could stop banks lending when more loans are needed to stimulate economic recovery.
But Marcus Agius, who is also chairman of Barclays, said that carried to extremes it could stop banks lending when more loans are needed to stimulate economic recovery.
When carried to extremes, gatekeepers in the United States enforced apartheid beginning in 1910 with the "one-drop" rule, which decreed who was black.
In general, however, I believe it is a good law, sometimes carried to extremes by not-so-good people.
There is a lot of merit in that but, carried to extremes, it leads to a very subservient attitude toward authority, and that leads to a lack of innovation.
The difficulty with the former view is that, carried to extremes, it allows horribly handicapped children whose only prognosis is pain or an early death to be born to the broken-hearted.
Rhetoric has been carried to extremes in postmodernism, and logic's adversarial stance has yielded too little in advancing philosophy's goals.
I am not at all against safety, but I think many times it is carried to extremes. The planer in the photograph is not throwing rock chips or metal chips that would do real damage.
For even though the four year old has yet to learn that the use of pattern can be carried to extremes (and that you absolutely never wear stripes with plaids), she has obviously grasped the concept of pattern and its prevalence in everyday life.