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Word of the day: Overegg

Overegg

[oh-vər-EG]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: English, year unknown

Over-embellish 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."

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

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