[ oh-ver-slaw ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈslɔ /

verb (used with object)

to pass over or disregard (a person) by giving a promotion, position, etc., to another instead.

Origin of overslaugh

1765–75; < Dutch overslaan, equivalent to over- over- + slaan to strike; compare German überschlagen; see slay
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Examples from the Web for overslaugh

  • 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


/ (ˈəʊvəˌslɔː) /


military the passing over of one duty for another that takes precedence


(tr) US to pass over; ignore

Word Origin for overslaugh

C18: from Dutch overslaan to pass over
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