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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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(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.
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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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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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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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in excess of

Greater than; more than: unit sales in excess of 20 million.
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Only a third of drivers ask about excesses when arranging cover, according to Griffin.
Failure to correct the excesses within 2 1/2 months after the end of the taxable year can result in a 10% penalty on the excess amount.
The comparison site looked at the cost of home insurance using excesses ranging from zero to pounds 500.
But international customers may make the disposal of excess inventory a provision of sale in a commercial contract and evaluate direct commercial offers on the basis of their commitment to "buy back" inventory if excesses generate.
They reported measuring either unexplained excesses of heat or equally surprising observations of tritium, neutrons or other potential fusion products, and discussed some experimental conditions that seem to encourage, halt or prevent these effects.
Spokesperson Larry Ursich said: "With insurance premiums set to rocket, this is set to put the issue of car insurance excesses in the spotlight.
Jones said his group observed modest excesses of what appeared to be fusion-produced neutrons emitted from titanium electrodes, though the levels measured were so minuscule that no excess heat would be observable.