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Difference between Do something over and Overdo something

do something over

1. repeat an action; do smth. again:

  • Also, if I could do the paper over, I would remove the word “controversy.”

2. remodel or redecorate smth.:

  • We ought to keep this as the spare room and do the nursery over.

overdo something

1. carry smth. to excess; do too much:

  • With the zeal of a new convert he overdid matters.

2. cook food too much:

  • Don’t overdo the meat. When the peppers are soft, taste the mixture to see if it needs anything.

See also: make over something / make something over.