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    overeat vs overeat oneself sick

    Koreans have a Korean-style English expression like "He did overeat yesterday", which means "He threw up(vomitted) after heavy drinking", and I've always considered this as broken English, but I happened to find "overeat oneself sick".
    Anyway, "overeat" is never related to "vomitting", right?

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    Re: overeat vs overeat oneself sick

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Koreans have a Korean-style English expression like "He did overeat yesterday", which means "He threw up (vomited) after heavy drinking", and I've always considered this as broken English, but I happened to find "overeat oneself sick".
    Anyway, "overeat" is never related to "vomiting", right?
    To start with, overeating has nothing to do with heavy drinking. Also, overeating is not necessarily associate with vomiting. I have never come across "overeat oneself sick" but I have heard "eat oneself sick".

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    Re: overeat vs overeat oneself sick

    You can overeat (eat too much but not necessarily be sick as a result) or you can eat yourself sick (sickness being a result of eating). *Overeat yourself sick is not used because syntactically, the prefix over- does not go with the resultative phrase yourself sick.

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