: an automotive transmission gear that transmits to the drive shaft a speed greater than engine speed
: a state of heightened activity <going into rhetorical overdrive>
Examples of OVERDRIVE
- He put the car into overdrive.
- His acting career is in overdrive.
- The reporters went into overdrive to finish their stories on time.
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