overspill

noun
over·spill | \ˈō-vər-ˌspil \

Definition of overspill 

1 : the act or an instance of spilling over

2 chiefly British : the movement of excess urban population into less crowded areas

Examples of overspill in a Sentence

an overspill into nearby towns a new town built to absorb London's overspill

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Most pointed out that journalism shouldn't be an overspill for long-standing political rivalry. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Britain’s Massive Divorce Bill Just Got Bigger," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of overspill

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overspill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overspill

: the movement of people from crowded cities to less crowded areas

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