One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a ship) decorated with a continuous line of flags from bow to stern.‘the marina was crammed full of yachts dressed overall’
- ‘A number of boats were dressed overall for the regatta or were flying their battle flags.’
- ‘Beyond hosting various media events while in Southampton, the ship will be open to visitors throughout the boat show and be dressed overall for the duration.’
- ‘The Union Castle Line's flagship, the Windsor Castle, was dressed overall to mark her 100th voyage between Southampton and South Africa when she docked in Durban.’
- ‘The most eye-catching exhibit - apart from Northumberland, dressed overall - was the amphibious car, a £150,000 vehicle which regularly hurtled past the frigate's berth.’
- ‘While in port the ship was dressed overall, along with other vessels, to mark the national celebrations and to meet up again with colleagues from the Royal Canadian Navy.’
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