Overboard meaning

ōvər-bôrd
Over or as if over the side of a boat or ship.
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Over a ship's side.
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From a ship into the water.
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Over the edge; especially, off or outside of a boat.

It was their practice to throw the scraps overboard.

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Excessively; too much.

They really went overboard with the party preparations.

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Overboard is defined as over the side of a ship and into the water, or being too excited and doing too much.

An example of overboard is a how someone’s sunglasses fall when someone drops them off the side of the cruise ship; dropped overboard.

An example of overboard is extravagantly celebrating a coworker’s birthday; going overboard with a celebration.

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go overboard
  • To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.
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go overboard
  • to go to extremes; esp., to be wildly enthusiastic
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throw overboard
  • to discard
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