The exertion of more than seems possible, hence 110%, not 100%, the usual maximum amount possible.

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  • 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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a hundred and ten percentA level of effort exceeding one's sustained capacity, possibly risking injury.
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