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overdrive

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noun over·drive \ˈō-vər-ˌdrīv\

Simple Definition of overdrive

  • : a gear in an automobile that allows it to be driven at higher speeds

  • : a state of great activity especially in order to achieve something

Full Definition of overdrive

  1. 1 :  an automotive transmission gear that transmits to the drive shaft a speed greater than engine speed

  2. 2 :  a state of heightened activity <going into rhetorical overdrive>

Examples of overdrive

  1. He put the car into overdrive.

  2. His acting career is in overdrive.

  3. The reporters went into overdrive to finish their stories on time.



1926

First Known Use of overdrive

1926


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