Definition of overset in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈsɛt/

verb (oversets, oversetting; past and past participle overset)

[with object] dated
1Overturn: he overset the primus stove while cooking his supper
More example sentences
  • ‘She overset my trigonometry,’ Burns complained, ‘and set me off at a tangent from the sphere of my studies.’
  • The Scriv. overset his cucurbit of corn mash with a jaundiced expletive.
  • One is that the reasoning in Enderby, on which it is explicitly founded, was overset by the European Court of Justice.
2Upset emotionally: the small kindness nearly overset her again
More example sentences
  • He coughed, slightly overset by her uh, frank discussion of his private… matters.
  • ‘Joel has overset her, altogether.’
  • The shock overset her not-too-well-balanced mind.

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