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overslaugh

[oh-ver-slaw] /ˌoʊ vərˈslɔ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to pass over or disregard (a person) by giving a promotion, position, etc., to another instead.
Origin of overslaugh
1765-1775
1765-75; < Dutch overslaan, equivalent to over- over- + slaan to strike; compare German überschlagen; see slay
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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

overslaugh

/ˈəʊvəˌslɔː/
noun
1.
(military) the passing over of one duty for another that takes precedence
verb
2.
(transitive) (US) to pass over; ignore
Word Origin
C18: from Dutch overslaan to pass over
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