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  1. Shenfeng's Avatar
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    terminal overdrive

    Hi,

    "At first, finding himself alone in Chiba, with little money and less hope of finding a cure, he'd gone into a kind of terminal overdrive, hustling fresh capital with a cold intensity that had seemed to belong to someone else."

    What would you say 'terminal overdrive' means in this context?


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    Re: terminal overdrive

    What do you think it means?

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    Re: terminal overdrive

    Here "terminal" means "to the end" as in "death".
    "Overdrive" expresses that person was pushing themselves towards this death at a very rapid pace (from the automotive context of shifting into overdrive).

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