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overslaugh

[ oh-ver-slaw ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈslɔ /
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verb (used with object)
to pass over or disregard (a person) by giving a promotion, position, etc., to another instead.
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Origin of overslaugh

1765–75; <Dutch overslaan, equivalent to over-over- + slaan to strike; compare German überschlagen;see slay
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How to use overslaugh in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for overslaugh

overslaugh
/ (ˈəʊvəˌslɔː) /

noun
military the passing over of one duty for another that takes precedence
verb
(tr) US to pass over; ignore

Word Origin for overslaugh

C18: from Dutch overslaan to pass over
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