The Alternative English Dictionary: a hundred and ten percent

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a hundred and ten percent Alternative forms: 110% 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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  1. (idiomatic, US, sports, informal) A level of effort exceeding one's sustained capacity, possibly risking injury. "We busted our tails and won, we gave 110%".
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) The exertion of more than seems possible, hence 110%, not 100%, the usual maximum amount possible.

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