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(do something) to excess

To do or indulge in something too much. I started to lose weight once I stopped regularly eating to excess. I'll go to the pub with you guys, but I'm not drinking to excess tonight—I have to be up early tomorrow. I'm really worried that Kaylee is working out to excess. I mean, she's injured herself at the gym numerous times in just the last six months.
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carry excess baggage

1. To continue to be deeply affected by upsetting or traumatic experiences that one endured earlier in life. We all carry excess baggage with us as we go through life, but learning how to deal with those fears and insecurities is how we grow as people. It quickly became clear that the woman I was dating had been carrying a lot of excess baggage that I was just not prepared to deal with.
2. To have excess body fat. I decided that I was going to start going to the gym every day once I noticed that I was carrying excess baggage around my waist. We design clothes made specifically for those who carry a little excess baggage.
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drink to excess

To drink alcohol to the point of intoxication. This is an important event for me, honey, so please don't drink to excess and make a fool of yourself.
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excess baggage

1. Literally, travel luggage that exceeds the dimensions of size or weight normally allowed on a plane or train, usually requiring a fee for it to be allowed onboard. My suitcase was only slightly over the weight limit, but the airline clerk still insisted on labeling my suitcase as excess baggage and slapping me with a fine.
2. Any person or thing that is unnecessary or unwanted and thus is or becomes burdensome. I know it's ungenerous, but Martin's younger brother has been nothing but excess baggage since we agreed to let him live with us.
3. A personal history, emotional disposition, or traumatic experience that is or becomes debilitating or burdensome in life. He carried the excess baggage of his abusive parents with him for years after leaving home. Her reclusiveness has become real excess baggage for her in recent months.
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in excess of

Over; greater or more than. The retail giant predicts earnings for the past year in excess of $4 million.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

do something to excess

to do too much of something; to consume too much of something. Anne often drinks to excess at parties. John smokes to excess when he works.
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drink to excess

Euph. to drink too much alcohol; to drink alcohol continually. Mr. Franklin drinks to excess. Some people drink to excess only at parties.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

carry too far

Also, carry to excess. Extend too much in a single direction, as in One can carry the concept of mercy too far; these young thugs should be punished, or Humor in a sermon can be carried to excess. [Early 1700s]
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in excess of

Greater than, more than, as in The book sold in excess of a million copies. [Early 1600s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

in excess of

Greater than; more than: unit sales in excess of 20 million.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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However, the excesses for these drivers saw the smallest increases.
In all, 29 out of 35 states in India had overall excess mortality in girls under five, and all states and territories bar two had at least one district with excess mortality.
Under the old tax schedule, those earning more than P500,000 are levied a flat P125,000 tax plus 32 percent of the excess over P500,0000.
Although the insurance industry has produced widely used, standardized forms for many types of primary insurance, the same cannot be said for excess insurance.
The second factor to consider in identifying potentially excess land is severability, which is based on governmental regulations in the market.
Prior to Alterra, Rainone was a senior vice president, in charge of excess and primary lines underwriting access through wholesale brokers, at RSUI Group.
Currently, the largest component of the Federal Reserve's liabilities is excess reserves.
Foreign currencies: Each traveler carrying over US$10,000 in foreign currencies other than renminbi (RMB) should report to DGC; otherwise, the excess value will be confiscated.
An excess policy that is written on a follow form basis contains a provision that stipulates that the terms, definitions, conditions, limitations and exclusions in the primary, policy are incorporated by reference into the excess policy.
Most EMS providers have clauses in manufacturing agreements that address material liability for minimum-buy driven excess inventory.
The ruling holds that a taxpayer's failure to track excess allowances and its routine payment of excess allowances not treated as wages evidences a pattern of abuse and causes all payments made under the expense allowance arrangement to be treated as made under a nonaccountable plan.
The points are chosen along meridian pathways that reach the head and can help "drain" the excess energy from the head or, on the contrary, supply missing "Qi" to the head.
123 must establish an opening pool of excess tax benefits for all awards granted after December 15, 1994, "as if" the company had been accounting for stock options under this statement all along.
In a separate and companion opinion, however, the California Supreme Court held in County of San Diego that an insuring provision of a"manuscript form" excess policy did not extend coverage to costs and expenses associated with responding to administrative orders outside the context of a government-initiated lawsuit.