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overdose

noun [C] uk   /ˈəʊ.və.dəʊs/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ.doʊs/
(informal OD) too much of a drug taken or given at one time, either intentionally or by accident: When he was 17 he took an overdose of sleeping pills and nearly died. Jimi Hendrix died of a drug(s) overdose. humorous too much of something: After watching two operas, I was suffering from an overdose of culture.

overdose

verb [I] uk   /ˈəʊ.və.dəʊs/ us    /ˈoʊ.vɚ.doʊs/
(informal OD) to take too much of a drug: She overdosed on aspirin and died. humorous to have too much of something: I think I've just overdosed on cheesecake!
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