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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Definitions for overslaugh

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

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Citations for overslaugh
… General Stark, a former British officer who had been overslaughed for promotion and now took handsome revenge … Robert Graves, Sergeant Lamb's America, 1940
And didn't he himself sit down on the bench as one of the five added judges, who were to overslaugh the four old ones--getting his name of "Judge" in that way and no other? , Abraham Lincoln in debate with Stephen Douglas, “Sixth Joint Debate, at Quincy,” October 13, 1858
Origin of overslaugh
1765-1775
Overslaugh stems from the Dutch overslaan, with slaan meaning "to strike." It entered English in the mid-1700s.