Usage examples for overdo

  1. He was trying out " practical experiments" with his class, and could promise only to arrive " just in time"; but Molly, who headed her letters with the notes of the wedding march, and said that she was practising it every night, wrote that she would be home plenty long enough beforehand to help with everything, and that mother simply mustn't get all worn out working too hard with the house- cleaning; Sadie and James were coming home for a week, to take in both festivities, though Sadie must be " careful not to overdo just now." – The Old Gray Homestead by Frances Parkinson Keyes
  2. The longer he prepares himself, so long as he does not overdo himself, the better he will be. – Boating by W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason
  3. Be careful you don't overdo it. – Psichopath by Gordon Randall Garrett
  4. If it is the missing your mother, and blaming yourself for having allowed her to overdo herself, I may well share with you in that. – More Bywords by Charlotte M. Yonge
  5. I won't send any love in this, or there would be a " bust up" in the post- office, because I'd be sure to overdo the thing, and I'd have all the officials on to me for damages. – My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  6. But they overdo everything. – Lady Rose's Daughter by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. But managers very generally overdo their work. – Precaution by James Fenimore Cooper
  8. This refined conversation continues till Miss Ellen speaks of her brother's disposition to interfere with the invitation- list; she says: " 'We must tell Tom not to overdo us so much with his own friends. – John Leech, His Life and Work. Vol. 1 by William Powell Frith
  9. " It has palled on your taste, as all good things will if you overdo them. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  10. " Michael, dear, you mustn't overdo yourself just because you happen to have been a little stronger these past two days," said his wife, laying a gentle hand upon his arm. – Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
  11. Of course he's very much interested in literature, from his point of view, and he's glad to find any of the young men interested in it, and that's apt to make him overdo matters a little." – April Hopes by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  12. Don't you think you rather overdo the analogy? – The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James
  13. Lord Hervey, who can be trusted not to overdo the praise of any one, says of Wyndham that " he was very far from having first- rate parts, but by a gentleman- like general behavior, a constant attendance in the House of Commons, a close application to the business of it, and frequent speaking, he had got a sort of Parliamentary routine, and without being a bright speaker was a popular one, well heard, and useful to his party." – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  14. " You mustn't overdo, though, baby. – The Vertical City by Fannie Hurst
  15. In making his correction the man is very likely to overdo it and strike the sand before the ball, causing a sclaff, or, on the other hand, not to correct sufficiently when the only possible result would be a topped ball and probably a hopeless position in the hazard. – The Complete Golfer [1905] by Harry Vardon
  16. You are tired, Phil, and so are we all, she said, brightly; and, as it is our first day of work, we will not overdo ourselves. – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  17. I suppose a man can overdo it; I've heard it said. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  18. She did not overdo it by shaking hands, but she made places for the ladies, smiling cordially; and Mrs. Deering made Miss Gage take the seat between them. – An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga by William Dean Howells
  19. Evils are to be found in wrong habits of dressing, the tendency to overdo through the fascination of the sport, the danger of taking cold by carelessly sitting down to rest when heated, or driving home after being warmed up by the severe exertion. – What a Young Woman Ought to Know by Mary Wood-Allen
  20. And I have an advantage which I can have nowhere else in such a degree: my little field of action is just at my door; so that if I happen to overdo myself, I have but a step from my pulpit to my bed, and from my bed to my grave.... – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald