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Synonyms of overdo in English:


  • 1 if you overdo the atmosphere, the effect is likely to be comic
    colour, embroider, embellish, overembellish, inflate, amplify, magnify, make a mountain out of a molehill, blow up, blow up out of all proportion
    informal ham up, camp up, make a (big) thing of/about, pile on, lay it on thick, lay it on with a trowel, make a production of, make a big deal out of
    archaic pull the longbow
    [Antonyms] understate, play down
  • 2 don't overdo the drink
    have/do/use/drink too much …, overindulge in, have/use/do/eat/drink to excess, carry too far, carry to extremes, not know when to stop, be intemperate
  • 3 they always overdid beef
    informal burn to a frazzle
  • Phrases

    overdo it
    work too hard, overwork, do too much, work like a Trojan/horse/slave, work day and night, burn the midnight oil, burn the candle at both ends, strain oneself, sweat, sweat blood, overtax oneself, overtax one's strength, overburden oneself, overload oneself, drive/push oneself too hard, work/run oneself into the ground, wear oneself to a shadow, work one's fingers to the bone, wear oneself out, have too many irons in the fire, have too many balls in the air, burn oneself out, bite off more than one can chew
    vulgar slang work/sweat one's balls off
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