Go over-board

[oh-ver-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈoʊ vərˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/

over the side of a ship or boat, especially into or in the water:
to fall overboard.
go overboard, to go to extremes, especially in regard to approval or disapproval of a person or thing:
I think the critics went overboard in panning that new show.
from on board a vessel into the water
(informal) go overboard

throw overboard, to reject or abandon

“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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