transitive + intransitive
: to elaborate (something) too much : to do or provide (something) with too much detail, complexity, or ornateness
- overelaborating [=belaboring] an obvious point
- … his motivations are overelaborated through too many back stories …
- —Nathaniel Rich
- … wasted a host of presentable chances in the second half as they often overelaborated on their way to goal …
- —James Benge
- She also knows the art of simplifying … rather than creating an overelaborated mishmash of textures and hues.
- —Steve Whysall
Overelaboration should be avoided in constructing graphs. The substance of the graph should be the centre of attraction, not the design graphic …
—J. A. John et al.