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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Run line: Betting on the Cubs at +150 to cover the -1.5 runs seems like a good idea but do not go overboard here. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres odds, picks and betting tips," 11 Sep. 2019 Halfway through a four-year turnaround plan, Chief Executive Officer Martin Zielke in February cast overboard most of the plan’s financial targets. Washington Post, "Why Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank Are Limping to Altar," 18 Sep. 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year: Nick Bosa, DE, 49ers Comeback Player of the Year: Cam Newton, QB, Panthers Coach of the Year: Mike Tomlin, Steelers A little overboard with the Bosa brothers? The Mmqb Staff, SI.com, "NFL Predictions 2019: Complete Playoff Picks, Super Bowl LIV Champion, Awards Winners," 4 Sep. 2019 The heat often comes from the exhaust air from the cabin as it is sent overboard. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Is my pet safe in the cargo hold? Why do planes turn soon after takeoff?," 15 Aug. 2019 The escape boat got so crowded, people are diving overboard in a desperate attempt to flee. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Sign of Kawhi Leonard’s influence: NBA stars skipping World Cup en masse," 26 July 2019 Van Valkenburg became tangled in the rope and was pulled overboard about 11:45 a.m., and the current held him underwater. oregonlive.com, "Medford man drowns trying to raise anchor on Rogue River," 23 July 2019 Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana was reported overboard on Wednesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy identifies sailor missing from carrier Abraham Lincoln, ends search," 22 July 2019 More than 3,000 journalists looked on from a press site 3.2 miles from launch complex 39A where Apollo 11's mammoth, 36-story-tall Saturn 5 rocket stood steaming in the morning sun as supercold liquid oxygen boiled off and was vented overboard. William Harwood, CBS News, "50 years later, Apollo 11's "one giant leap" remains a defining moment in human history," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of overboard

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

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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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