over·​board | \ ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce overboard (audio) \

Definition of overboard

1 : over the side of a ship or boat into the water
2 : to extremes of enthusiasm
3 : into discard : aside

Examples of overboard in a Sentence

He threw the fish overboard. The boy fell overboard and almost drowned. One of the sailors fell into the water, and someone shouted “Man overboard!”.
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Recent Examples on the Web Don't go overboard when shopping, as you might be disappointed. oregonlive, "Horoscope for March 31, 2020: Leo, bait the hook; Capricorn, listen to the voice of reason," 31 Mar. 2020 Netflix and chilling is fine without going overboard; screen time and intensely focusing on news updates should be compartmentalized. NBC News, "Social distancing could have devastating effect on people with depression," 17 Mar. 2020 Because the new virus is mainly spread through droplets when someone coughs or sneezes, there’s no need to go overboard on household cleaning unless someone in your home is showing symptoms, Glatt said. Dallas News, "Is hand sanitizer the best way to stop the coronavirus?," 3 Mar. 2020 The air circulates until eventually it is drawn into the lower fuselage, where about half of it is vented overboard—sucked out by the pressurization outflow valve. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "You are no more likely to get coronavirus on an airplane than in any other crowded space," 13 Mar. 2020 But on February 7th he was swept overboard by a spying scandal that has battered Switzerland’s second-biggest bank for months. The Economist, "Man overboard Tidjane Thiam is forced out of Credit Suisse after a spying fiasco," 7 Feb. 2020 DeBrusk goes overboard How Jake DeBrusk celebrated Charlie McAvoy’s first goal of the season seems to be getting as much, if not more, attention than the goal itself. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Brandon Carlo to miss game against Coyotes," 7 Feb. 2020 The Coast Guard said it was called by San Juan police after a report of a person overboard. CBS News, "Man apparently jumps from cruise ship docked in San Juan and dies," 23 Jan. 2020 The collision happened when the 81-foot fishing vessel Pappy’s Pride ran into the 600-foot chemical tanker Bow Fortune in foggy conditions near the Galveston jetties around 3:35 p.m. The fishing vessel capsized, sending four of its crew overboard. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "1 fisherman killed, two missing after boat collision in Galveston," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of overboard

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overboard was before the 12th century

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8 Apr 2020

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“Overboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overboard. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overboard

: over the side of a ship into the water


over·​board | \ ˈō-vər-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce overboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of overboard

1 : over the side of a ship into the water Don't fall overboard!
2 : to extremes of enthusiasm He went overboard with this party.

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