[ oh-ver-bawrd, -bohrd ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd /


over the side of a ship or boat, especially into or in the water: to fall overboard.


    go overboard, to go to extremes, especially in regard to approval or disapproval of a person or thing: I think the critics went overboard in panning that new show.

Origin of overboard

before 1000; Middle English over bord, Old English ofer bord. See over, board
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British Dictionary definitions for go overboard


/ (ˈəʊvəˌbɔːd) /


from on board a vessel into the water
go overboard informal
  1. to be extremely enthusiastic
  2. to go to extremes
throw overboard to reject or abandon
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Idioms and Phrases with go overboard (1 of 2)

go overboard

Show excessive enthusiasm, act in an excessive way. For example, It's easy to go overboard with a new stock offering, or She really went overboard, hiring the most expensive caterer. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with go overboard (2 of 2)


see go overboard.

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