Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Go overboard

To do or say too much because you are so enthusiastic or excited about something. To go to extremes or be excessive.

1. Some people think that Ricky Gervais went overboard with his humor at the “Golden Globes” this year because many of his jokes were offensive:

2. Many university students go overboard with excessive drinking and partying.

3. When you go shopping, do you go overboard or are you able to control your spending?

4. Some people go overboard with their cars’ sound systems. They have powerful speakers that make it sound like they have a disco on wheels.

5. “Black Friday” is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, many retailers open very early, often at 4am, and offer promotional sales to kick off (start) the shopping season. People often go overboard and fight for an item because there are not enough. Take a look at this video where people are fighting over an Xbox:


  1. Is it possible to go overboard and be too fanatical about learning English?

  2. I love the way you illustrate and explain idioms and phrasal verbs. Keep up the great job. Thanks a lot :)

  3. I appreciate that Jekel, especially coming from another English teacher... if you have any examples to share, please do so! It takes a lot of thinking for me sometimes to come up with examples that most people can relate to... and of course I have to be diplomatic and avoid too much political stuff... so it it sometimes time-consuming... but I enjoy it. Also I use some of the material in my own private conversation classes.

  4. iT was good. Thanks.

  5. You're welcome Lirio! Keep coming back for more...