overdrive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From over +‎ drive. Cognate with Norwegian overdrive (to exaggerate) and Dutch overdrijven (to exaggerate).

Noun[edit]

overdrive (usually uncountable, plural overdrives)

  1. (dated) A gear, on an automobile, higher than the normal top gear.
    • 1981 Oct, Popular Mechanics‎, volume 156, page 201:
      Cruising in overdrive at legal highway speed keeps rpm right at 1800, depending on rear-axle ratio.
  2. A state of heightened activity.
    • 2000, Salman Rushdie, The ground beneath her feet, page 78:
      It is true, though it's got nothing to do with me, that the building boom that created the Bombay of my childhood went into overdrive in the years before my birth

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Verb[edit]

overdrive (third-person singular simple present overdrives, present participle overdriving, simple past overdrove, past participle overdriven)

  1. (transitive) To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ drive; from German übertreiben

Verb[edit]

overdrive (imperative overdriv, present tense overdriver, simple past overdrev or overdreiv, past participle overdrevet, present participle overdrivende)

  1. to exaggerate (overstate, to describe more than is fact)

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