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    is the word "overdrive" ever used as a verb?

    I've never heard it used as anything other than a noun, and was surprised to see on dictionary.com that the first meaning, apparently, is a verb meaning "to overwork". I have never heard "overdrive" used that way, though, have you? And in fact, I noticed that if I type out the words "overdrove" and "overdriven", my browser underlines them in red.

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    Re: is the word "overdrive" ever used as a verb?

    I've never heard of "to overdrive" being used to mean "to overwork", or indeed to mean anything [as a verb]! It may be used in AmE, but I've used it like that nor have I heard anyone else use it like that.

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    Re: is the word "overdrive" ever used as a verb?

    Greetings to a fellow Dilbert fan.

    That's the thing, I am in the US. I don't think anyone would even understand you were you to use "overdrive" that way.

    I just checked out Merriam-Webster - they do not offer this meaning. The Free Dictionary, however, does.


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    Re: is the word "overdrive" ever used as a verb?

    The only use of "overdrive" that I am familiar with in AmE is to describe a special gear in a car that allows better gas mileage at highway speeds.

    Overdrive (mechanics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: is the word "overdrive" ever used as a verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The only use of "overdrive" that I am familiar with in AmE is to describe a special gear in a car that allows better gas mileage at highway speeds.
    I, on the other hand, am only familiar with its conversational usage. For instance, "When I heard those news, my brain went into overdrive."


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