Definitions

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  • v. to spoil something by making too many improvements to it

Etymologies

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From the phrase to over-egg the pudding

Examples

  • Lepard uses wholemeal flour, which I think makes his cake unnecessarily heavy however – it's already squidgy and sodden with fruit and treacle, so why over-egg the pudding as it were?

    How to cook perfect Christmas cake

  • The sort that can be hereditary because the females of the family are genetically predisposed to ‘over-egg the omelette’ every month.

    twins

  • "We have a bank of knowledge that is infinitely more urgent than any politician can understand but we have to be careful not to over-egg the rhetorical advocacy because the evidence is that, if we do, people run in the other direction."

    How the Observer brought the WWF into being

  • They're not, in fact, the kind of arms that have you thinking of Handel, or castrati, or a Cleopatra played with Bollywood wit, or magic flutes, or consumptive courtesans dying in attics, but that's what we're here to talk about, so I dip a toe in the water with a little rhapsody on Giulio Cesare and over-egg the pudding with a reference to McVicar's favourite period, the 18th century.

    Christina Patterson: Interview With David McVicar: "I Am Good at What I Do Because I Care So Much"

  • Obama has never seen a pudding he wasn't driven to over-egg.

    Smoking Guns and the Morality of Parliamentary Privilege

  • To disregard them would be even more foolish than to over-egg their wider significance.

    What to make of the by-elections?

  • Ray has clearly been to hell and back in Vietnam and bears the scars both physical and emotional but Peter Anthony doesn't over-egg this aspect, working it all into the plot discreetly yet very movingly.

    A Town Called Immaculate

  • As business people know only too well know, all too often our government (under the supervision of ministers), did over-egg (or 'gold plate') the resultant British legislation.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Even bearing in mind that he is playing a propaganda game, one still wonders whether it is wise to over-egg the pudding, making assertions that are not only wrong, but can be easily rebutted.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • And, as we know, all too often our government (under the supervision of ministers, I might add), did over-egg (or "gold plate") the resultant British legislation.

    Archive 2007-08-01

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