a hundred and ten percent

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A level of effort exceeding one's sustained capacity, possibly risking injury.

Etymology:

  • Based on the metaphor of operating a machine at higher than its rated capacity or exceeding the normal maximum of some rated parameter such as speed or temperature.
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"We busted our tails and won, we gave 110%".

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'a hundred and ten percent':

a hundred and ten percentThe exertion of more than seems possible, hence 110%, not 100%, the usual maximum amount possible.
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