overboard


overboard
[[t]o͟ʊvə(r)bɔː(r)d[/t]]
1) ADV: ADV after v If you fall overboard, you fall over the side of a boat into the water.

His sailing instructor fell overboard and drowned during a lesson...

He had jumped overboard in New York harbor and swum to shore.

2) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that someone goes overboard, you mean that they do something to a greater extent than is necessary or reasonable. [INFORMAL]

Women sometimes damage their skin by going overboard with abrasive cleansers...

What do you think causes the police to go overboard, to use excessive violence?

Syn:
go over the top
3) PHRASE: V inflects If you throw something overboard, for example an idea or suggestion, you reject it completely.

They had thrown their neutrality overboard in the crisis.


English dictionary. 2008.

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