go into overdrive

go into overdrive

To start working very hard or quickly. When the publishing deadline was moved up a week, we had to go into overdrive to get all of the articles done on time.
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go into overdrive

COMMON If someone or something goes into overdrive, they begin to work very hard or become very active. When the wedding was announced, the media went into overdrive. My imagination went into overdrive. I tried to make new dishes, not from recipe books but from books about wild plants. Note: You can also say that someone or something is in overdrive. The campaign is in overdrive now with the candidates travelling the nation in a final push for votes. Note: Overdrive is an extra gear on some vehicles, which enables them to go faster than they can with ordinary gears.
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When you were given bail earlier this year your response was to go into overdrive.
ANOTHER UKIP member puts his foot well and truly in his mouth while the screaming liberals go into overdrive about the racist "offence" he has caused.
Dish By One is blessed with good early pace and, combined with staying power, the June 09 daughter of Crash should turn in a handy position and then, as she did in the heats, go into overdrive down the far side.
Meanwhile, Mitch and Cam host a fancy dress bash, but young Lily isn't in the mood and when pregnant Gloria's hormones go into overdrive, she becomes even more hot-headed than normal.
First up, Jimmy works alongside food production workers in pudding factories, sprout fields and turkey farms as they go into overdrive.
All of my friends seem to be able to keep men interested but the minute I start going out with someone, I go into overdrive and do too much phoning, emailing and texting.
IF you don't want the rumour mill to go into overdrive, then going out for a cosy dinner with someone's parents is probably the last thing you should do.
Inhaling linalool also reduced the activity of more than 100 genes that go into overdrive in stressful situations.
We can expect the council spin machine to go into overdrive now, and I wouldn't expect any positive news items in Capital Times about any school that is proposed to close.
When UV rays hit skin cells, protective enzymes go into overdrive.
The researchers suspect that the binding of HIV-complement complexes to B cells also explains why these immune cells go into overdrive.
The moment the heart is mentioned, people go into overdrive in terms of concern.
Darts is a traditionally clammy sport so chuck in a heatwave and a prize of pounds 125,000 to the winner and the sweat glands of players and fans alike could go into overdrive.
But their imagination is stirred by a seemingly racist slogan on a giant Union Jack painted on one wall, and their fantasies about the previous occupants go into overdrive when the bathroom reveals a vintage motorbike and a dummy gorilla in a Wonderwoman costume.
I have only to spy some spotty youth lurking by the till to go into overdrive so as to get my shopping into my trolley before the bored teenager with a brain cell deficiency can put the eggs on the bottom, bruise my apples and drop the can of Diet Coke so it explodes when I open it at home.