[ oh-ver-bawrd, -bohrd ]
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  1. over the side of a ship or boat, especially into or in the water: to fall overboard.

Idioms about overboard

  1. 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 overboard


/ (ˈəʊvəˌbɔːd) /

  1. from on board a vessel into the water

  2. go overboard informal

    • to be extremely enthusiastic

    • to go to extremes

  1. throw overboard to reject or abandon

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Other Idioms and Phrases with overboard


see go overboard.

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