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
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Related Words for go overboardoverrate, overplay, exaggerate, overstate, overreach, overvalue, overestimate, overuse, magnify, stretch, hype, overwork, overload, belabor, pressure, fatigue, puff, overburden, overindulge, amplify
from on board a vessel into the water
go overboard informal
- to be extremely enthusiastic
- to go to extremes
throw overboard to reject or abandon
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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]
see go overboard.
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