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overall

[adv. oh-ver-awl; adj., n. oh-ver-awl] /adv. ˈoʊ vərˈɔl; adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌɔl/
adverb, adjective
1.
from one extreme limit of a thing to the other:
the overall length of the bridge.
2.
covering or including everything:
an overall impression; to view something overall.
noun
3.
overalls, (used with a plural verb)
  1. loose, sturdy trousers, usually with a bib or biblike piece to which shoulder straps are attached, originally worn over other trousers to protect them, as by factory workers or farmers.
  2. long waterproof leggings.
4.
British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.
Origin of overall
1000
before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all
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Examples from the Web for overalls
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  • Stud yawned, stretched like a big cat, rolled out of bed and donned clean blue shirt and overalls.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • Shoving the paper novel into his overalls pocket, he entered the shop.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Well have to get on our overalls and see if we can fix the engine.

  • A set of greasy mechanic's overalls had been drawn over his own clothes.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • Mr. Stark's overalls had ripped, and the sewing machine was being repaired.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
British Dictionary definitions for overalls

overall

adjective (prenominal) (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
1.
from one end to the other
2.
including or covering everything: the overall cost
adverb (ˌəʊvərˈɔːl)
3.
in general; on the whole
noun (ˈəʊvərˌɔːl)
4.
(Brit) a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
5.
(pl) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached
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Word Origin and History for overalls
n.

see overall.

overall

adv.

"everywhere," Old English ofer eall, from ofer "over" (see over) + eall (see all). Sense of "including everything" is from 1894. The noun in the clothing sense (usually plural) of "loose trousers of a strong material worn by cowboys, etc." is from 1782. Specific sense "loose fitting canvas trousers with a bib and strap top" (originally worn by workmen over other clothes to protect them from wet, dirt, etc.) is attested from 1897.

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