Definition of overboard adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈəʊvəbɔːd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊvərbɔːrd//
Travelling by boat or ship
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  • over the side of a boat or a ship into the water to fall/jump overboard Huge waves washed him overboard. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  • Idioms (informal) to be too excited or enthusiastic about something or about doing something Don't go overboard on fitness. See related entries: Excitement
    throw somebody/something overboard
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    to get rid of somebody/something that you think is useless He threw all his old friends overboard once he was promoted.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: overboard