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[oh-ver-slaw] /ˌoʊ vərˈslɔ/
verb (used with object)
to pass over or disregard (a person) by giving a promotion, position, etc., to another instead.
Origin of overslaugh
1765-75; < Dutch overslaan, equivalent to over- over- + slaan to strike; compare German überschlagen; see slay Unabridged
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  • But these subjects took a somewhat loftier tone, than the contemplation of an exchange of orderly duty, or an overslaugh of guard.

    A Love Story A Bushman
  • At length we reached the overslaugh, which, as was apt to be the case, was well sprinkled with vessels aground.

    Miles Wallingford James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Castleton Bar or "overslaugh," as it was known by the river pilots, impeded for years navigation in low water.

    The Hudson Wallace Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for overslaugh


(military) the passing over of one duty for another that takes precedence
(transitive) (US) to pass over; ignore
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch overslaan to pass over
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