over·​spill | \ ˈō-vər-ˌspil How to pronounce overspill (audio) \

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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The first known use of overspill was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of overspill

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

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