[adv. oh-ver-awl; adj., n. oh-ver-awl]
adverb, adjective
from one extreme limit of a thing to the other: the overall length of the bridge.
covering or includingeverything: an overall impression; to view something overall.
overalls, (used with a plural verb)
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.
long waterproof leggings.
British. a smock or loose-fitting housedress.

before 1000; Middle English overal (adv.), Old English ofer eall; see over, all

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1.  from one end to the other
2.  including or covering everything: the overall cost
3.  in general; on the whole
4.  (Brit) a protective work garment usually worn over ordinary clothes
5.  (plural) hard-wearing work trousers with a bib and shoulder straps or jacket attached

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Word Origin & History

"everywhere," O.E. ofer eall, from ofer "over" + eall "all;" sense of "including everything" is from 1894. 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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Example sentences
They were dressed in overalls and in the winter wore heavy coats that were
  flecked with mud.
Riders who worked in the related landscape wore leather overalls open at the
  back, and called them chaparajos.
He was wearing denim overalls and a cotton fishing hat with the sides pinned up.
Red cranes, red overalls, red bulldozers and red boots announced to the world
  that his team had been called to the scene.
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