over board


[oh-ver-bawrd, -bohrd]
over the side of a ship or boat, especially into or in the water: to fall overboard.
go overboard, to go to extremes, especially in regard to approval or disapproval of a person or thing: I think the critics went overboard in panning that new show.

before 1000; Middle English over bord, Old English ofer bord. See over, board

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overboard (ˈəʊvəˌbɔːd)
1.  from on board a vessel into the water
2.  informal go overboard
 a.  to be extremely enthusiastic
 b.  to go to extremes
3.  throw overboard to reject or abandon

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Word Origin & History

"over the side of a ship," O.E. ofor bord, from bord "the side of a ship." Fig. sense of "excessively, beyond one's means" (esp. in phrase to go overboard) first attested 1931 in Damon Runyon.
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