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Overegg

[oh-vər-EG]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: English, year unknown

1.

Overembellish or exaggerate (something).

Examples of Overegg in a sentence

"Matt would always overegg his stories to get drastic reactions."

"The pastry chef overegged the cake decor to the point of gaudiness."

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About Overegg

While specific etymology is unknown, this term is believed to be uniquely English.

Did you Know?

The idiom “overegg the pudding,” meaning to over-exaggerate, popped up in England in the mid-19th century, taken from the idea baked goods can be ruined by using too many eggs. One of the earliest examples of the phrase in print is in Robert Smith Surtees’ 1845 novel, “Hillingdon Hall,” said by Yorkshire farmers.

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