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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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in/into overdrive

In an extremely energetic, hardworking, or effective state or condition. Our team has been in overdrive trying to get the project finished on time.
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into overdrive

Into an extremely energetic, hardworking, or effective state or condition. With only a few minutes left on the clock, their offense has gone into overdrive.
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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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Mexican overdrive

the neutral gear position used when coasting downhill. US informal
This expression originated in the mid 20th century, especially in language used by long-distance truck drivers.
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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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6 mm overdriven nails failed due to low-cycle fatigue.
peak load of joints decreases with increasing overdriven nail depth;
displacement at peak load decreases with increasing overdriven nail depth; and
toughness of joints decreases significantly with increasing overdriven nail depth.
There is an appreciable decrease and increase in initial stiffness for joints with nails overdriven 1.
When nails are overdriven, however, the bearing area decreases and bearing stresses increase.
Stiffness increased 9,20, and 21 percent for joints with cooler nails overdriven 1/16, 1/8, and 3/16 inch, respectively, compared to the stiffness of joints flush driven with cooler nails.
Joints with cooler nails overdriven 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch do not experience any reduction in strength, while joints overdriven 3/16 inch exhibit an approximately 12 percent reduction in strength.
The theoretical strength is reasonably close to the measured strength for joints flush driven or overdriven 3/16 inch.
The data indicate that ultimate loads are reached at smaller critical displacements for joints overdriven with cooler nails compared to joints flush driven with cooler nails.