Outrun vs Overdo - What's the difference?

outrun | overdo |


As verbs the difference between outrun and overdo

is that outrun is to run faster than the others while overdo is to do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far.

As a noun outrun

is (sheepdog trials) the sheepdog's initial run towards the sheep, done in a curving motion so as not to startle them.

outrun

English

Verb

  • To run faster than the others.
  • To exceed or overextend.
  • * 1813 , Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice , Modern Library Edition (1995), page 164
  • They will take care not to outrun their income. They will never be distressed for money.
  • * 1851 ,
  • [...] as I levelled my glance towards the taffrail, foreboding shivers ran over me. Reality outran apprehension; Captain Ahab stood upon his quarter-deck.

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    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (sheepdog trials) The sheepdog's initial run towards the sheep, done in a curving motion so as not to startle them.
  • overdo

    English

    Verb

  • To do too much; to exceed what is proper or true in doing; to exaggerate; to carry too far.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing.
  • To overtask or overtax; to fatigue; to exhaust.
  • to overdo one's strength
  • To surpass; to excel.
  • (Tennyson)
  • To cook too much.
  • to overdo the meat

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