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Meaning of to a fault by Wiktionary Dictionary

to a fault


    Adverb

    to a fault ( not comparable )

    1. ( idiomatic ) To an excessive degree; extremely .
      I am trusting to a fault .

    Usage notes

    "To a fault" is ordinarily used to modify an adjective which describes some desirable or otherwise positive characteristic of a person. Sometimes the expression functions as a strong intensifier, meaning "extremely." Often, however, the expression is used to indicate that the person possesses or exhibits that characteristic in a measure which can reasonably be regarded as disproportionate, unwise, over the top, or annoying .

    Quotations

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    See also

    • "to a fault" in the Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006 .
    • "to a fault" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002 .
    • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989. See "to a fault," under "fault ( n. )."
    • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996. See "to a fault," under "fault."


Explanation of to a fault by Wordnet Dictionary

to a fault


    Adverb
    1. to a degree exceeding normal or proper limits

    2. too big