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overripe Line breaks: over|ripe
Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈrʌɪp/

Definition of overripe in English:


1Too ripe; past its best: overripe tomatoes
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  • My lips were split like a pair of overripe tomatoes.
  • For example, you can make a simple but tasty sauce from overripe cherry tomatoes, onions and garlic.
  • Some crops need to be picked everyday: zucchini grows gigantic if left on the vine and cherry tomatoes get overripe.
1.1(Especially of an artistic work) exaggerated or overblown: an overripe melodrama
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  • Outside the recent and welcome burlesque revival, the concept of bawdy humour - something that's proud to be naughty and a little overripe in the interest of a plain old good time - has been largely absent from Toronto stages.
  • As for his poetry, it may be a little overripe in places.
  • And above all, what if those bands aren't the overripe gods of the sixties and seventies, but the inescapable products of them, either in worship or in reaction or both?

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