It's Overloading the Machine as in, the washing machine, primarily. The name comes from the laundromat next door. They have very large signs on each machine which say, in all-caps, "DO NOT OVERLOAD THE MACHINE". All in all, there are at least twenty of these signs posted.
Both at the laundromat and at home, I regularly overload the machine, leading to unpredictable results.
it's like a big treetop full of twittering birds //
& I was so lucky to find my little branch long ago //
at quite some distance from the rest
-- Anselm Hollo, "On Reading Certain Novels"
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