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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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go, etc. into ˈoverdrive

begin to work much harder, increase production, etc: Production at the factory has shifted into overdrive in an attempt to meet the new orders on time.
Overdrive is an extra high gear in a vehicle, that you use when you are driving at high speeds.
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I HAVE little doubt the switchboards of the BBC complaints department is red hot, and that the easily offended in our community will be going into overdrive on the offended scale.
Aminoglycosides, which include streptomycin and gentamicin, are widely used to treat serious infections and sepsis, a deadly condition marked by the immune system going into overdrive.
GONE GIRL THE MOVIE NOW the trailer is out our excitement about the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel, starring Rosamund Pike, above, is going into overdrive.
But it hasn't stopped the prosnooper camp going into overdrive as we suddenly heard how this shadowy work saved the Olympics from being blown up.
In the wake of Roger Draper's announcement that he will step down from his PS640,000-a-year job as LTA chief executive in September, the rumour mill has been going into overdrive over possible replacements.
THE misery of PMT is caused by brain cells going into overdrive and affecting the emotions, say scientists.
Former Bolton and Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce continues to lead the betting, but former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has been the big mover over the last 24 hours, while former Sunderland striker and current assistant at Rangers, Ally McCoist, has been quoted at 14/1 with the rumour mill going into overdrive.
THE Super League rumour mill was going into overdrive yesterday as Wakefield coach John Kear was forced to deny suggestions he had lost his job and Huddersfield chairman Ken Davy tantalised fans by trailing "the biggest announcement in the club's modern-day history", writes Graham Woods.
But Westwood knows the downside to winning at Loch Lomond could be expectation levels going into overdrive at Royal Birkdale next week.
Because kids start dangerous behavior early, he believes it's best to talk to them, he says, before their hormones start going into overdrive.
DOES Mark Holt, who is going into overdrive to oppose the visit of Ms Rice, not realise that if all coalition forces were withdrawn from Iraq tomorrow, the ensuing civil war between the two main Muslim factions would be a bloodbath?
READERS have been going into overdrive to help build a new school for Scots children with autism at Struan House, Alloa.