Overdrive definitions

ō'vər-drīv'
A gearing mechanism of a motor vehicle engine that reduces the power output required to maintain driving speed in a specific range by lowering the gear ratio.
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A state of heightened activity or concentration.

Shifted into overdrive toward the end of the semester.

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To drive (a vehicle) too far or too long.
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To push (oneself) too far, as in the performance of tasks.
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A gear that at a certain speed automatically reduces an engine's power output without reducing its driving speed: used to lessen fuel consumption and engine wear.
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A state of intensified activity, productivity, etc.
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(dated) A gear, on an automobile, higher than the normal top gear.
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A state of heightened activity.
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To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.
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Origin of overdrive

From over +"Ž drive. Cognate with Norwegian overdrive (“to exaggerate") and Dutch overdrijven (“to exaggerate").