Meaning of over-egg in English:


Pronunciation /ˌəʊvərˈɛɡ/


[with object]
  • Overembellish or exaggerate (something)

    ‘investors want to be clear that companies are not over-egging their results’
    • ‘To say I had a spring in my step would be over-egging the pudding but I might well have done if I'd been wearing what I believe are known as ‘trainers’ rather than Oxford brogues.’
    • ‘The Scotland coach has the twin task of persuading the public to come out to pay and his players to come out of their shells, but it is still possible that he is over-egging the pudding just a little.’
    • ‘But here in Colchester, the Trust that runs the town's NHS hospitals thinks that approach is over-egging the pudding.’
    • ‘I thought this was slightly over-egging the pudding.’
    • ‘You are over-egging the pudding, if you'll pardon my pun.’
    • ‘Or is the good vicar over-egging the pudding, to coin a phrase?’
    • ‘At the risk of over-egging the pudding, this is because interest was charged for every day you borrowed the money from January 1.’
    • ‘One problem here is the Italian tradition of over-egging the pudding: never use one strong adjective when three will do.’
    • ‘In any case, it is over-egging the pudding somewhat to suggest that last season was as dire as many may have suggested.’
    • ‘We over-egged the pudding, perhaps once it started, and we suffered a sales problem because of it.’
    • ‘The arrangements are full of interesting sounds like music box, berimbau and glockenspiel without ever over-egging the pudding or resorting to gratuitous novelty.’
    • ‘IBM may be over-egging the pudding in its claims about this sector.’
    • ‘Heaven forbid that I should over-egg the pudding.’
    • ‘However, she goes on to over-egg the pudding with some statements that are just plain silly and call her conclusions into question.’
    • ‘The biggest challenge he faces is chefs who literally over-egg the pudding with complicated concoctions.’
    • ‘The other main gripe of the research posse is the tendency of IT suppliers to over-egg the pudding.’
    • ‘He has slightly over-egged the pudding with an extraordinary amount of detail, presumably the result of months spent hanging around at catwalk presentations and after-show parties.’


    over-egg the pudding
    • Go too far in embellishing, exaggerating, or doing something.

      • ‘if you're telling fibs, keep them simple—never over-egg the pudding’