- to pass over (one person) by preferring or promoting another
- to bar or hinder
Origin of overslaughfrom Dutch overslaan, to pass over, omit from over (akin to over), + slaan, to beat, strike: for Indo-European base see slay
(third-person singular simple present overslaughs, present participle overslaughing, simple past and past participle overslaughed)
- (US, dialect, slang) To hinder or stop, as by an overslaugh or impediment.
- to overslaugh a bill in a legislative body
- to overslaugh a military officer (= to hinder his promotion or employment)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.