- the number of balls, usually six, delivered between successive changes of bowlers.
- the part of the game played between such changes.
verb (used with object)
- over the entire surface of; everywhere: material printed all over with a floral design.
- thoroughly; entirely.
- finished: The war was all over and the soldiers came home.
Origin of over
British Dictionary definitions for over and over
- opposite to
- contrasting with
- in addition, esp when not expected
- unfair or excessive
- a series of six balls bowled by a bowler from the same end of the pitch
- the play during this
Word Origin for over
Word Origin and History for over and over
Old English ofer "beyond, above, upon, in, across, past; on high," from Proto-Germanic *uberi (cf. Old Saxon obar, Old Frisian over, Old Norse yfir, Old High German ubar, German über, Gothic ufar "over, above"), from PIE *uper (see super-). As an adjective from Old English uffera. As an adverb from late Old English. Sense of "finished" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "recovered from" is from 1929. In radio communication, used to indicate the speaker has finished speaking (1926). Adjective phrase over-the-counter is attested from 1875, originally of stocks and shares.
Idioms and Phrases with over and over (1 of 2)
over and over
Also, over and over again. Repeatedly, many times, as in I've told you over and over that he can't eat spicy food. [Late 1500s] Also see again and again.
Idioms and Phrases with over and over (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with over
- over a barrel
- over again
- over against
- over and above
- over and done with
- over and over
- over my dead body
- over one's head
- over the edge
- over the hill
- over the hump
- over the top
- over with
- all over
(and entries beginning with all over)bend over backwardbind overblow overboil overbowl overcarry overcheck on (over)chew the cud (over)cloud overcome overcross overcrow overcry over spilt milkdo overdraw a veil overdrop by (over)fall all overfork overfuck overget overget the advantage of (over)give overgloss overgo overhand overhand over fisthang overhash overhave a hold overhave it (all over someone)head over heelshold overhoneymoon is overin deep water (over one's head)it's all over withjump all overkeel overkeep watch (over)kick over the tracesknock for a loop (over with a feather)knock overlay overlook like death (warmed over)look overlord it overlose sleep overmake overmind over mattermull overonce over lightlypaper overparty's overpass overpick overpull overpull the wool over someone's eyesput overrake over the coalsride roughshod overroll overroof over one's headrun one's eyes overrun overscoot oversign oversleep oversmooth overstand overstart overstop off (over)take overtalk overthink overthrow overtide overtill hell freezes overturn in (over) one's graveturn overturn over a new leafwalk all overwatch overwater over the damwin overwork over.