from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Over or as if over the side of a boat or ship.
  • idiom (go overboard) To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Over the side of a ship, usually into the water; out of or from on board a ship: as, to fall overboard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Over the side of a ship; hence, from on board of a ship, into the water.
  • adverb to discard; to abandon, as a dependent or friend.
  • adverb to go to an extreme; to overdo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective excessive; too much
  • adverb over the edge; especially, off or outside of a boat

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb to extremes
  • adverb from on board a vessel into the water


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