overall

[ adverb oh-ver-awl; adjective, noun oh-ver-awl ]SEE DEFINITION OF overall
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Another score for his doubts about the overall value of truth!

The last station seemed to be some kind of overall control for the rest.

Your squadron is to be deployed as scouts under my overall command.

There's my brown Holland overall, and Hudson could brush my hair, and make it tidy.

I have no recommendations for an overall solution, or even a regional one.

She made a frantic grab and caught her son by his overall suspenders.

Overall, the IMF has beneficial accounts, which cannot be discounted so off-handedly.

So the Overall Boys said good-by to their friends on the ocean steamer.

As a result of these increased efforts, the 1956 census showed an overall increase in the literacy rate to about 90 percent.

A chancellery office, headed by a chief and three deputies, coordinates the committee's overall administrative activities.

WORD ORIGIN

"everywhere," Old English ofer eall, from ofer "over" (see over) + eall (see all). Sense of "including everything" is from 1894. The noun in the clothing sense (usually plural) of "loose trousers of a strong material worn by cowboys, etc." is from 1782. Specific sense "loose fitting canvas trousers with a bib and strap top" (originally worn by workmen over other clothes to protect them from wet, dirt, etc.) is attested from 1897.

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