martes, 21 de octubre de 2014



If you go overboard, you do something too much or you do it with excessive enthusiasm.

Example: Whenever my son gets a new hobby, he goes completely overboard. He's just discovered jazz, so now he wants to buy a saxophone, get lessons, buy hundreds of jazz books and recordings, and he even wants to go to New Orleans.


Example sentences:

  • Harry gave his son a sportscar for his graduation present. Do you think he went a bit overboard? / Harry le dio a su hijo un carro deportivo de regalo de graduación. ¿Crees que exageró un poco? 

  • We can have a nice holiday in Spain whenever we like. We don't have to go overboard and move over there to live / Podemos tener unas buenas vacaciones en España cuando queramos. No tenemos que ser exagerados e irnos a vivir allá.

Additional examples:

  • Calm down! There's no need to go overboard.

  • Alaskan crab fishermen on the Bering Sea occasionally go overboard and need to be rescued from the water.

  • It doesn't need to be fancy. Okay, you can buy a big comfortable car, but don't go overboard on price.

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