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go overboard

1. Literally, to fall off of a boat. Be careful standing so close to the edge—we don't want anyone to go overboard!
2. To act without restraint in some area. Did I go overboard with the Christmas decorations? I'm worried I bought enough Christmas lights to light up Times Square.
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go overboard

 
1. Fig. to fall out of a boat or off of a ship; to fall overboard. Be careful or you will go overboard. Someone went overboard in the fog.
2. Fig. to do too much; to be extravagant. Look, Sally, let's have a nice party, but don't go overboard. It doesn't need to be fancy. Okay, you can buy a big comfortable car, but don't go overboard on price.
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go overboard

Show excessive enthusiasm, act in an excessive way. For example, It's easy to go overboard with a new stock offering, or She really went overboard, hiring the most expensive caterer. [Mid-1900s]
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go overboard

1 be highly enthusiastic. 2 behave immoderately; go too far.
The idea behind this idiom is that of recklessly jumping over the side of a ship into the water.
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go ˈoverboard (about/for somebody/something)

(informal) be too excited or enthusiastic about something or about doing something: I told her just to cook a simple meal but she went completely overboard.He doesn’t just like her. He’s gone completely overboard about her.
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go overboard

in. to do far more than is necessary. Now don’t go overboard for us. We’re just folks.
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go overboard

To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.
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Unmoored from his usual lifelines, Stephen King and a prison setting, the director of ``The Shawshank Redemption'' and ``The Green Mile'' goes overboard here.
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Tim lives with his crude/loving/undemonstrative widowed dad (Alec Baldwin, pretty good until he goes overboard with the everyman mannerisms), a wheelchair-dependent little brother (good for a few of the Farrellys' awful handicapped gags) and - though Dad won't let it in the house - a three-legged German shepherd with an eye patch.
Then Moe goes overboard and reaches his credit card spending limit.
People try to be so politically correct about a lot of those things now, it just goes overboard.