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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 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. Our team has gone into overdrive trying to get the project finished on time.
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Mexican overdrive

The act of coasting downhill in an automobile with the gears in neutral, with the aim of either saving on the fuel or to make the car go faster than would otherwise be possible. They rolled down the mountain in Mexican overdrive, but as they reached a bend in the road, they were going too fast to control the car, and it went careering through the guard rails and into the ravine.
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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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A reduction in average peak load is observed with increasing overdriven nail depth.
The thickness of the panel that resists load decreases with increasing nail overdriven depth.
The data show that failure load (the load corresponding to the ultimate displacement) for a joint with overdriven nail is reached at a smaller ultimate displacement than the failure load for a joint with flush-driven nail.
As compared to the ultimate displacement of joints with flush-driven nails, reductions due to overdriving were 22, 41, and 45 percent for the specimens with nails overdriven to depths of 1.
As compared to the cumulative energy dissipated by joints with flush-driven nails, reductions due to nail overdriving were 20, 40, and 44 percent joints with nails overdriven to depths of 1.
Several single nail joints were assembled with OSB structural panels and tested to determine the effects of overdriven sheathing nails on the joint capacity.
Overdriven sheathing nails are common quality defects in construction that should be minimized.
There is an apparent upper limit, however, to the effect of the plywood compaction underneath the nailhead and the reduction of the nail effective bending length as the nail is overdriven.
Capacity of oriented strand board shear walls with overdriven nails.
Nail tearing Nail No failure Plywood joint type of plywood fatigue observed Flush driven -- 8d common 3 7 0 Flush driven -- 8d cooler 2 1 7 Overdriven 1/16 in -- 8d cooler 5 1 4 Overdriven 1/8 in -- 8d cooler 6 3 1 Overdriven 3/16 in -- 8d cooler 9 1 9 Table 2.