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chuck overboard

To dispose or get rid of something or someone. Likened to throwing something over the side of a ship. In a major corporate shake-up, most of the company's upper-level management was chucked overboard at the end of the fiscal year. I know it's a really bad habit, but we just chuck our rubbish overboard when travelling on a long car journey.
See also: chuck, overboard

go overboard

1. Literally, to fall off of a boat. Be careful standing so close to the edge—we don't want anyone to go overboard!
2. To act without restraint in some area. Did I go overboard with the Christmas decorations? I'm worried I bought enough Christmas lights to light up Times Square.
See also: overboard

fall overboard

to fall from a boat or a ship into the water. (See also go overboard) Someone fell overboard and they had to stop the boat and go back. The lady's sunglasses fell overboard.
See also: fall, overboard

go overboard

1. Fig. to fall out of a boat or off of a ship; to fall overboard. Be careful or you will go overboard. Someone went overboard in the fog.
2. Fig. to do too much; to be extravagant. Look, Sally, let's have a nice party, but don't go overboard. It doesn't need to be fancy. Okay, you can buy a big comfortable car, but don't go overboard on price.
See also: overboard

wash overboard

[for someone or something] to be carried overboard (off the deck of a ship) by water. Our chairs washed overboard in the storm. I was afraid that the dog would wash overboard, so I took her below.
See also: overboard, wash

wash someone or something overboard

[for water] to flood up and carry someone or something off the deck of a ship into the sea. The high seas washed two of the sailors overboard. The storm washed our chairs overboard.
See also: overboard, wash

go overboard

Show excessive enthusiasm, act in an excessive way. For example, It's easy to go overboard with a new stock offering, or She really went overboard, hiring the most expensive caterer. [Mid-1900s]
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go overboard

1 be highly enthusiastic. 2 behave immoderately; go too far.
The idea behind this idiom is that of recklessly jumping over the side of a ship into the water.
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throw something overboard

abandon or discard something.
The idea here is that something thrown over the side of a ship is lost forever.

go ˈoverboard (about/for somebody/something)

(informal) be too excited or enthusiastic about something or about doing something: I told her just to cook a simple meal but she went completely overboard.He doesn’t just like her. He’s gone completely overboard about her.
See also: overboard

throw something ˈoverboard

reject or get rid of something: All ideas of reform were thrown overboard when the new government came to power.

go overboard

in. to do far more than is necessary. Now don’t go overboard for us. We’re just folks.
See also: overboard

go overboard

To go to extremes, especially as a result of enthusiasm.
See also: overboard
References in classic literature ?
He ain't responsible fer the names he's give me, nor fer his other statements nor fer jumpin' overboard, which I'm abaout ha'af convinced he did.
And now you want the bo's'n to jump him and throw him overboard.
My dear boys, what can you expect from a man who out of sheer nervous- ness had just flung overboard a pair of new shoes.
The funnel had gone overboard in one of the heavy rolls; two of their three boats had disap peared, washed away in bad weather, and the davits swung to and fro, unsecured, with chafed rope's ends waggling to the roll.
cried Falk- "and I will jump overboard to regain the boat.
At once Falk threw overboard the captain's revolver.
He catches at it, thinks he'll make sure of the contents of the pockets anyhow, in case he should be parted from it, bends right over the stern, and in one of these heavy squalls, or in the cross-swell of two steamers, or in not being quite prepared, or through all or most or some, gets a lurch, overbalances and goes head-foremost overboard.
In their findings, the MAIB said Joshua was carried overboard by a net from the trawler during routine shooting operations.
Probe: St Amant | Steven Robertson, 25, was lost overboard from the 58-foot vessel in January 2012.
The cruise line said yesterday: "We have clearly established that the crew member went overboard this morning.
I threw my wife overboard because she was afraid of the height.
Larsen said that security cameras confirmed the time that the passenger went overboard.
Peter Clark, senior helmsman, Cullercoats RNLI, said: "e casualty had the common sense to wear a safety harness which meant that when he fell overboard he would always be near his yacht.
Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels are mandated in accordance with SOLAS and MCA directives to carry Man Overboard Recovery Systems (MORS).
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "Mr Jones, a serving crew member on a privately owned tanker, is believed to have jumped overboard in the early hours of ursday, May 15 whilst the ship was in the Mediterranean.