Overbooking

overbook

[oh-ver-book]
verb (used with object)
1.
to accept reservations for in excess of the number that can be accommodated: The airline routinely overbooks its flights so as to fill its planes even if there are last-minute cancellations.
verb (used without object)
2.
to accept reservations in excess of the number that can be accommodated: If the hotel has overbooked, some of the conventioners won't have a place to stay.

Origin:
1900–05; over- + book (v.)

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overbook (ˈəʊvəˌbuːk)
 
vb
(tr) to make more reservations than there are places, tickets, hotel rooms, etc, available

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overbook
"to sell more tickets than there are seats," 1903, from over + book, originally in ref. to theaters.
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