throw something overboard

throw (something) 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 thrown overboard at the end of the fiscal year. I know it's a really bad habit, but we just throw our rubbish overboard when travelling on a long car journey.
See also: overboard, throw

throw something overboard

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

throw something ˈoverboard

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