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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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Cuba has gone into overdrive this month honouring Castro, who led its 1959 revolution and built a Communist state on the doorstep of the US.
But was too late - Twitter had already gone into overdrive with one user saying it was a poor attempt to profiting by bullying.
Gastro gimmickry has gone into overdrive in the last few years" - MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace.
I note with amused resignation that the NHS public relations machinery has gone into overdrive following my letter (Gazette 07.
The local Press seems to have gone into overdrive in its criticism of the club and I have to remind myself that we are so far unbeaten in the league and through to the next round of the Carling Cup or whatever it is now called.
The 35-year-old crooner has made it his trademark to ask an audience member to come up and have a smooch during his concerts, but his tonsil tennis tendencies have gone into overdrive in the last week.
That debate has gone into overdrive following their draw against lowly Wolves.
Byline: A buoyant Congress party has gone into overdrive to form a government following its victory in the general elections.
Sheer greed has gripped the country for a number of years, now it's gone into overdrive producing such a vile level.
WITH talk of a referendum on the subject of Scottish independence, the opposition parties have gone into overdrive to inform us that we don't need it because the Scottish people don't want independence.
However, this desire in the Caernarfon constituency during this election has gone into overdrive.
and elsewhere had gone into overdrive, setting up a staggering number of private screenings for academy voters to attend.
Instead, the cells had gone into overdrive, mass-producing Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase.
Gotham has gone into overdrive to capture the hot boutique hotel market in New York and possibly other East Coast and Midwest cities - as it opens the lobby and the first 70 of 211 rooms of the Rafael Vinoly-designed Roger Williams Hotel at 31st and Madison Avenue; commences renovation on the Hotel Grand Central; and begins the approval process for a major expansion of the Shoreham Hotel, all within 30 days.
But my fan status has just gone into overdrive," said prize-winner Chet Kolley of San Diego.