Definition of overboard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌbôrd/


From a ship into the water: the severe storm washed a man overboard
More example sentences
  • Three of these massive steel containers were lost overboard in the water of Man last November and only one has been recovered.
  • Aft of the galley is a head with an integral shower with sump to discharge shower water overboard.
  • The boat's French skipper was still missing last night and is believed to have been washed overboard on Friday.



go overboard

1Be very enthusiastic: Gary went overboard for you
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  • It was a family practice review course, designed to give an overview of the latest developments in medicine and clinical treatment, yet some of the speakers went overboard in their enthusiasm for the latest treatment trends.
  • Even so, I hope the blogosphere doesn't embarrass itself by going overboard in celebrating its victory over the notorious MSM.
  • But if we do go overboard at the office party, experts say we should try to spare our blushes.
2React in an immoderate way: Chris has a bit of a temper and can sometimes go overboard
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  • By following these guidelines, rather than avoiding certain foods, I'll be less inclined to binge on empty calories or go overboard at mealtime.
  • As if it wasn't already apparent that I've gone overboard, my contribution for today to 100 Words has a decidedly familiar theme.
  • So you think the press has gone overboard on this story?

throw something overboard

Abandon or discard something.
Example sentences
  • So why have religious people been cowed into throwing their opinions overboard so easily?
  • The administration decided to throw balanced budgets overboard.
  • You first have to be aware of what you are carrying before you can make the decision to throw it overboard.

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Syllabification: o·ver·board

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