over-egg the pudding

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over-egg the pudding

To get something wrong or make something worse by doing too much of something or trying too hard to improve a situation. Primarily heard in UK. I think we've over-egged the pudding with the amount of technology we've crammed into our daily lives—no one knows how to have a quiet moment anymore. The latest budget over-eggs the pudding yet again, spreading resources across too many sectors without enough funds to actually fix any of them.
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over-egg the pudding

mainly BRITISH
If someone over-eggs the pudding, they spoil something by trying too hard to improve it. You can buy all sorts of extras for the car, but it's very easy to over-egg the pudding. Note: Other nouns are sometimes used instead of pudding. The band certainly knew how to over-egg the cake, with no song being complete unless it had three tempo changes and a loud finale.
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over-egg the pudding (or cake)

go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something.
Excessive quantities of egg in a pudding could either make it too rich or cause it not to set or cook correctly.
1998 Spectator This is a noble end, but in her eagerness to reach it Duffy somewhat over-eggs the cake.
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ˌover-egg the ˈpudding

used to say that you think somebody has done more than is necessary, or has added unnecessary details to make something seem better or worse than it really is: If you’re telling lies, keep it simple — never over-egg the pudding.
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One that's taught us what happens when you overegg the pudding.
If you can curb your tendency to overegg the pudding, it ought to be.
However, there's a thin line here, so don't be tempted to overegg the pudding. It won't work.
Few of us warm to boastful types and anyway, those who overegg the pudding, often end up with the proverbial egg on their face!
Bennett himsel in an excellent programme note, calls each section a stripped down short story, without, as Bennett says wisely, a plethora of adjectives which "overegg the pudding".
But when you have a hero of such unquenchable spirit, why does Hollywood have to overegg the pudding until it's a big soggy custard?