To go overboard


Also found in: Idioms.
to go to an extreme; to overdo; as, he went overboard at the buffet and got an upset stomach.

See also: Overboard

References in classic literature ?
Waltzers spun around precariously for a matter of fifteen seconds and then went scurrying down to the rail as if they meant to go overboard. The Virginia reel, as performed on board the Quaker City, had more genuine reel about it than any reel I ever saw before, and was as full of interest to the spectator as it was full of desperate chances and hairbreadth escapes to the participant.
"I try not to go overboard. I let everyone else spoil her," the reality star gushed when she was asked about her Christmas planning for her daughter.
Needless to say this is not form to go overboard about.
The stunning actress doesn't like to go overboard with cosmetics as she likes the natural look and thinks too much can make her appear older than her 25 years.
That will teach them not to go overboard on the beer!
But the Dons frontman has warned his team-mates not to go overboard and cop another red card.
THAT'LL teach him to go overboard at charity auctions.