[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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"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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see go overboard.

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Example sentences
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
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.
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