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overspill

[ verb oh-ver-spil; noun oh-ver-spil ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈspɪl; noun ˈoʊ vərˌspɪl /
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verb (used without object), o·ver·spilled or o·ver·spilt, o·ver·spill·ing.

to spill over.

noun

the act of spilling over.
something that spills over.
British. overflow.

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Origin of overspill

First recorded in 1850–55; over- + spill1
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  • The Westerners are the overspill of the enterprising population of the East.

  • A Kaffir tribe to the north-east of the Rooirand had known of it, but they had never worked it, but only collected the overspill.

    Prester John|John Buchan

British Dictionary definitions for overspill

overspill

noun (ˈəʊvəˌspɪl)

  1. something that spills over or is in excess
  2. (as modifier)overspill population

verb (ˌəʊvəˈspɪl) -spills, -spilling, -spilt or -spilled

(intr) to overflow
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