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
Recent Examples on the Web Broemmer was also responsible for overseeing the construction of an overspill hospital in an exhibition center in Berlin during the first wave of the pandemic last spring, which cost around $40 million but has not taken in a single patient. Washington Post, "As Germany awaits vaccine, mass vaccination centers are built in less than a week," 12 Dec. 2020 That is unlikely to help much, since courts would still require overspill space for observers and jury deliberations. The Economist, "Rough justice How to get jury trials back on track," 11 June 2020 Enterprise customers – big firms that use external office space for staffing overspill – might also chose to bring more of their employees back in-house, notes the Fitch ratings agency. Chris Bryant | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "WeWork Stands Before Us in All Its Naked Glory," 15 Aug. 2019 Arewa, a local term for the northern part of Nigeria, could not evade the global overspill of the #MeToo movement that had taken off from the United States. Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Quartz Africa, "How Nigeria’s conservative northern region came to terms with its MeToo movement," 22 July 2019 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspill. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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