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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Historical Examples of 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



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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