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overboard

[oh-ver-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈoʊ vərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
adverb
1.
over the side of a ship or boat, especially into or in the water:
to fall overboard.
Idioms
2.
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.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English over bord, Old English ofer bord. See over, board
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  • Never throw anything overboard, and be aware of marine life in the waters around you.
  • Going overboard in attempts to rehydrate is also common among endurance athletes.
  • He realizes that his system can be difficult and that he's often accused of going overboard with elaborate schemes.
  • Covers the related facts of why there isn't a concern without going overboard on the hyperbole.
  • We all go a bit overboard with the language sometimes.
  • Going overboard also can be a consequence of tripping over or being caught in fishing gear.
  • The second grant enabled towns to measure overboard discharge.
  • Falls overboard are the second leading cause of boating fatalities.
British Dictionary definitions for overboard

overboard

/ˈəʊvəˌbɔːd/
adverb
1.
from on board a vessel into the water
2.
(informal) go overboard
  1. to be extremely enthusiastic
  2. to go to extremes
3.
throw overboard, to reject or abandon
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Word Origin and History for overboard
adv.

"over the side of a ship," Old English ofor bord, from over + bord "side of a ship" (see board (n.2)). Figurative sense of "excessively, beyond one's means" (especially in phrase go overboard) first attested 1931 in Damon Runyon.

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Idioms and Phrases with overboard

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