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가끔은 너무 신이나서 열광할 때가 있다.

  1. 아침에 가족을 위해 팬케익을 만드는데 너무 잘 만들어져서 30판 이상 구울 때. 가족은 4명인데…
  2. 이두박근 운동에 재미들려 너무 이두박근 운동만 하다가 근육이 이상한 모양으로 나올 때.
  3. 클라이언트 감동시키겠다고 5분짜리 파워포인트에 일주일걸려 화려한 에니메이션을 만들 때
  4. 이성친구 감동시키겠다고, 내 월급보다 3배 비싼 선물을 사줄 때
  5. 딱 한잔만 하자고 했는데, 여섯병 째 와인의 코르크를 딸 때..
이렇게 잔뜩 신이나 흥분해서 소위 “일 저지르는 것”을 영어로 어떻게 표현할까? “Ah that’s very sweet of you. But please don’t go overboard with my birthday present”


  1. to do too much; to be extravagant
  2. to fall out of a boat or off of a ship; to fall overboard.


go overboard는 원래 배에서 떨어지다라른 뜻으로 뱃사람들이 쓰던 말이다.
너무 신나서 열광적으로 난리치다가 배에서 떨어지는 장면을 연상시켜보라.


  • This may be going overboard, but I baked him a cake! (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • I told you they were going overboard and they did… (Wild Things)
  • I hope I’m not going overboard, but you wasted years on someone who wasn’t all that. (Ginger And Cinnamon)
  • Promise me you won’t go overboard. (Ghost Whisperer)


  • He goes overboard with the steak itself, subjecting it to a bullying sauce of veal stock, caramelized onions, mustard and more. (NYT)
  • Only get what you need, and don’t go overboard. I went overboard. (Bloomberg)
  • Sometimes media just goes overboard in looking for symbolic gestures.This was just one of those incidents. (Economist)


  • weirds me out when ppl go so overboard talking about how they’re a good person..if u truly have good intentions ur not usually announcing it
  • I still think that they went a bit overboard with those lights
  • Kim K was the sexiest woman on the planet until she went overboard with the plastic surgeries.


  • And I kind of went overboard
  • like people go a little overboard


  • Is it a slang? No
  • Can I use it in a email? Yes
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/