go overboard

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He shouted also something about the smoke-stack being as likely to go overboard as not.

They must go overboard in the next squall, which will be upon us in a few minutes.

You understand what is for my advantage is for yours, and, if I go wrong, you go overboard with me.

Would he strike on the lee quarter, or would he go overboard?

Time enough to go overboard when we have grappled the enemy.

“It will be a lesson for me not to go overboard at all,” said Billy.

You understand that you do not go overboard until we arrive, no matter what happens?

Well, it's got to go overboard, my lads, and pretty soon about it.

But who was the man first to go overboard—and who was it first gave the alarm?

Then if you should go overboard you will retain control of your craft.

WORD ORIGIN

"over the side of a ship," Old English ofor bord, from over + bord "side of a ship" (see board (n.2)). Figurative sense of "excessively, beyond one's means" (especially in phrase go overboard) first attested 1931 in Damon Runyon.

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