Definition of overall in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərɔːl


Pronunciation: /əʊvərˈɔːl
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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərɔːl
(usually overalls) British Back to top  
  • 1A loose-fitting coat or one-piece garment worn, typically over ordinary clothes, for protection against dirt or heavy wear: men in grubby blue overalls a pair of overalls
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    • When he had done, his mug empty, he went to his wardrobe where he pulled out a clean pair of underpants and a blue overall.
    • A man wearing an orange overall was sweeping the street while others were running.
    • The picture of men paint spraying in their ordinary clothes, rather than wearing protective overalls and without protective face masks, says it all.
  • 1.1 (overalls) British Close-fitting trousers formerly worn as part of an army uniform, now only on ceremonial or formal occasions.
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    • It replaces shirts and overalls with more practical roll-neck jumpers and combat-style trousers with large pockets.
    • There is a column of war invalids, and many are wearing white overalls as if to bring the idea of militarized science into view.
  • 1.2North American Dungarees.
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    • My green overalls and green shirt with my red jean jacket were my choice for today.
    • Dress suitable for agriculture such as overalls, shirts, and boots is popular.
    • Its 200 highly trained members dress in white overalls, padded clothing and crash helmets to protect themselves against police batons and shields.



Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvərɔːld/
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  • White overalled technicians walk amongst fully body-suited men in masks, who are handling more dangerous looking equipment and substances.
  • In the darkened operations room below decks, grey overalled officers and sailors watched an approaching blip on their radar screens.
  • Just inside the gates, an overalled gardener with a gentle face is poking insincerely at the dripping rhododendrons with a pair of secateurs.

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