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- noun idiomatic, US, sports, informal A level of effort exceeding one's sustained capacity, possibly risking injury.
- noun idiomatic, colloquial The exertion of more than seems possible, hence 110%, not 100%, the usual maximum amount possible.
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Based on the metaphor of operating a machine at higher than its rated capacity or exceeding the normal maximum of some rated parameter such as speed or temperature.
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