Definition of over in English:



  • 1Extending directly upwards from.

    ‘I saw flames over Berlin’
    ‘cook the sauce over a moderate heat’
    • ‘Let it cook over a relatively low heat till the bottom has formed a golden crust.’
    • ‘They were meant to be cooked the rest of the way by the diners over a flame that was brought in for that purpose.’
    • ‘Melt the fat in a pan, beat the egg and milk together, add to the fat in the pan, season well and cook over a gentle heat.’
    • ‘We are welcomed in with open arms and hearts, and they prepare beautiful food, cooked over an open fire.’
    • ‘The meat is seared over the hottest flames, then moved to a cooler part of the fire to cook gently through.’
    • ‘This occurred when a new building was built directly over the top of the remains of its predecessor.’
    • ‘Put the yolk in a metal bowl, held close to a flame but not over it, and mix until it turns white.’
    • ‘If you position your eyes directly over the ball then your eyes will always be aligned with the hole.’
    • ‘Continue to cook over a low heat until vegetables are submerged in their own liquid.’
    • ‘Soaring directly over our heads, she disappears back into the main current and is gone.’
    • ‘Cook over a gentle heat for five minutes, and then add the chopped anchovies and the olives.’
    • ‘Add olives to the pan and cook over a moderate heat until they begin to wrinkle.’
    • ‘This brings the centre of gravity directly over the right foot, which supports her weight.’
    • ‘Cook over a fairly high heat for two to three minutes, then add the tomatoes and juices.’
    • ‘For a more reliable source, you need to be directly over the clay seam where the fossils are buried.’
    • ‘Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the leeks and bay leaves, and fry over a high heat until the leeks have some colour.’
    • ‘Cook over a high heat until just wilted, cool a bit, then squeeze out most of the moisture.’
    • ‘Lift the fish out onto warm plates and place the baking dish over a moderate flame.’
    • ‘Keep mixing the roux over the flame until the mixture comes off the sides of the pot.’
    • ‘In a large heavy pan, melt half the butter with the oil over a moderate heat.’
    above, on top of, higher than, higher up than, atop
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    1. 1.1Above so as to cover or protect.
      ‘an oxygen tent over the bed’
      ‘ladle this sauce over fresh pasta’
      • ‘Sprinkle cracker crumbs evenly over the bottom and sides, then pour in the ricotta mixture.’
      • ‘The kettle had boiled so Don poured the water over the coffee powder in the mug.’
      • ‘They have looked into loaning some covers to put over the pitch tomorrow night in case of overnight frost.’
      • ‘The cloths were laid on the ground directly over the plants and fixed with spikes.’
      • ‘Scatter the fresh coriander over the curry and serve with plain boiled rice.’
      • ‘She then ran into the bedroom where her husband finally poured water over the flames.’
      • ‘He was on his bed with the covers over him and she thought he was asleep.’
      • ‘Many of you suggested laying small lengths of holly over the damaged area of garden.’
      • ‘He innocently assumed that a steel cover placed over a drainpipe was safe to walk on.’
      • ‘Mix well and spray thoroughly over both sides of the foliage and onto the offending pest.’
      • ‘It was only when the council put a thick layer of clay over it that this flora was lost.’
      • ‘I turned up to the theatre in the costume and a couple of people threw coffee over me.’
      • ‘The blast from the bomb had blown out all the windows but my mother had pulled the covers over us.’
      • ‘A kind of invisible bell jar had been dropped over it, protecting it from change.’
      • ‘Place a layer of tomato slices over the pesto then top with crumbled cheese.’
      • ‘Two engineers were then able to pull up the two covers over the damaged cable.’
      • ‘When I stop the car for a while and switch off the engine, the silence falls like a cloak over the countryside.’
      • ‘Mix together the salt and sugar, and rub evenly over both sides of the salmon.’
      • ‘They had set up a shelter over their fire.’
      • ‘In case of cold weather, it would be a good idea to apply a layer of mulch over the bulbs.’
    2. 1.2Extending above (an area) from a vantage point.
      ‘views over Hyde Park’
      • ‘Looking over the side you would expect to see a treasure chest full of gold.’
      • ‘This area has great views over the rear garden through large windows and a set of patio doors.’
      • ‘A sunroom looks out over the vegetable garden.’
      • ‘She looks out of the window over the parking lot and slides the tray of untouched fries away.’
      • ‘Even on the stormy day that we visited, the vista over some of the uninhabited islands was magical.’
      • ‘This is a gracious and welcoming house with spectacular views over open countryside.’
      • ‘He walked to the single window looking out over the front lawn and road and opened it.’
      • ‘Still wearing her pajamas she went onto the balcony and looked over the front lawns.’
      • ‘There's a large outside balcony area which faces South over the city centre rooftops.’
      across, on to, around, throughout, all through, throughout the extent of, everywhere in, in all parts of
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  • 2At a higher level or layer than.

    ‘his flat was over the shop’
    • ‘They were used and enjoyed by townsfolk who lived over their businesses and were unable to escape to a garden.’
    • ‘This was done from the rear of the ranks in most circumstances, and over the heads of the shield wall of the thrower.’
    • ‘After a long delay, he stepped up to sky the spot-kick over the bar.’
    • ‘A pair of tame shots by Ben Thornley that floated up and over the bar were as much as they could muster in the first half.’
    • ‘The office was over a newsagent's shop in the centre of Manchester.’
    • ‘The volley sailed over the front rank of soldiers and fell among the battle leaders beyond.’
    • ‘He then had an opportunity to put the visitors level but he flicked the shot just over the cross bar.’
    • ‘He thumped a chance over the bar.’
    • ‘Just to make sure, I now usually use a second layer of bandage over the first.’
    • ‘The ball eventually came into the possession of Mike Cooper and he stuck it over the bar.’
    • ‘The drysuit can be worn over a layer of clothing and it keeps its wearer completely dry and warm.’
    • ‘His powerful shot was just over the bar.’
    • ‘He whipped in a viciously dipping shot that spun just a foot over the bar.’
    • ‘Byatt almost doubled his tally seven minutes later after a fine run ended with his shot whistling over the bar.’
    • ‘At the other end, a speculative lob from Ian Duncan dipped just over the bar.’
    • ‘Sherry had another excellent chance after 27 minutes but he sent his header over the bar.’
    • ‘Then they must either transfer it quickly either over the bar or to a player in a better position.’
    • ‘His sweet right shot looked destined for the net but just sailed over the bar.’
    above, on top of, higher than, higher up than, atop
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    1. 2.1Higher in rank than.
      ‘over him is the financial director’
      • ‘John had two levels of management over him.’
      • ‘He had six senior officers over him.’
      • ‘The first-level manager, of course, has another manager over him.’
      superior to, above, higher up than, more powerful than, in charge of, responsible for, commanding
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    2. 2.2Expressing authority or control.
      ‘editorial control over what is included’
      • ‘The membership of the party have no say over the policy and direction of the party.’
      • ‘This time they will choose a government that will have real power over the direction of the country.’
      • ‘He is no longer the grim dictator with the power of life and death over his subjects.’
      • ‘They also insist local authorities will still have some control over their own waste policies.’
      • ‘Help them to regain a sense of control over their life by offering choices and options.’
      • ‘The charity said that women who had babies at home tended to have greater privacy and more control over the birth.’
      • ‘However, the ship was teeming with children whose parents had absolutely no control over them.’
      • ‘Second, it centralises that information and gives you control over what is visible to others.’
      • ‘However, a Ministry of Defence official says his department has no control over the plant.’
      • ‘Those receiving benefits would be given control over their own training budgets.’
      • ‘Instead, the locals enjoy their town and impose some control over the speed of motor vehicles using it.’
      • ‘At this time there was little or no control over speed boats by the authorities.’
      • ‘Let's hope it is just a first step in giving back people control over their own lives.’
      • ‘This structure is one which allows the spectator a degree of power over what is seen.’
      • ‘What they will not put up with, however, is a lack of control over other people.’
      • ‘He is concerned about the local education authority losing some control over the school.’
      • ‘Family doctors in England are being given control over the budgets which buy hospital services.’
      • ‘They seemed less stressed and they acted as if they had real control over what they were doing.’
      • ‘Britain retains sovereign rights over two areas to be used as military bases.’
      • ‘Also, I always feel as though I have a certain measure of control over the situation.’
    3. 2.3Expressing preference.
      ‘I'd choose the well-known brand over that one’
      • ‘Either way, give me this lot over a bunch of monosyllabic scowlers any day.’
      • ‘For those hoping to stay, it should be noted that their manager considers attitude over ability.’
      • ‘None of this persuades me that my preference for poetry over politics is a wrong choice.’
      • ‘It is necessary to look at the grounds on which we are persuaded to prefer one theory over another.’
      • ‘In the old days, we used to prefer the wider good over personal convenience.’
      • ‘The choice of a sloping tiled roof over a flat roof had more to do with the local climatic conditions than with style.’
      • ‘For long distances, he prefers the bus over airliners or rail because he likes the atmosphere.’
      • ‘Do seed predators, floral herbivores and pollinators prefer one sex over the other?’
      • ‘It also reveals a preference for debt over equity as a means of providing external funding.’
      • ‘Is care and concern always to be preferred over more emotionally detached ways of relating to others?’
      • ‘The evidence that the country's people would have preferred an invasion over other options is slight.’
      • ‘The shares are best left for those who prefer hope over reality with their investments.’
      • ‘It seems to be working as the family audience are slowly preferring it over other films.’
      • ‘Since then the cartel has been attempting to show how responsible it is and has favoured price over volume.’
      • ‘How could anyone prefer that over a real democracy that had evolved since the end of World War Two?’
      • ‘In terms of manufacture and for aesthetic reasons, plastics are preferred over metal.’
    4. 2.4Expressing majority.
      ‘there was a slight predominance of boys over girls’
      • ‘Care was taken to attend showings at which the audience contained a predominance of adults over children’
      • ‘There was an excess of men over women.’
    5. 2.5Higher in volume or pitch than.
      ‘he shouted over the noise of the taxis’
      • ‘Much of the night was spent shouting at increasing volumes over ear-splitting music.’
      • ‘There was some music playing in the background, which could barely be heard over the noise.’
      • ‘Rogers screamed over the noise of rifle shots ringing out through the cool, night air.’
      • ‘The television screen was enormous, but I had to turn up the volume to hear it over the roar of Park Lane.’
      • ‘Hearing him shout over a rumbling beat is one of life's singular pleasures.’
      • ‘A confused babble of voices rose over the hubbub.’
      • ‘I shouted over the noise.’
      • ‘The noise got so loud we had to shout over it.’
      • ‘I loved it so much that I wanted to shout about it over the cacophony of the real world.’
      • ‘People crowded round the bar frantically shouting their orders over the noise of the band.’
  • 3Higher or more than (a specified number or quantity)

    ‘over 40 degrees C’
    ‘they've been married for over a year’
    • ‘Mind you, I think it was probably over thirty degrees when this was filmed earlier today.’
    • ‘I have friends who have lived in Thailand for over thirty years and can't speak a work of Thai.’
    • ‘Pensions have fallen in value by over a third since the change was introduced.’
    • ‘As the globe warms and over a billion people live on less than one dollar a day, a global left is needed more than ever.’
    • ‘The shores of these islands are often sandy but temperatures over 30 degrees are rare.’
    • ‘We had been together for over a year, but I left him because everything he did seemed so boring and dull.’
    • ‘Water in the house reached a level of over three feet and considerable damage was caused.’
    • ‘Most of the material is stuff we'd been playing in front of live audiences for over a year.’
    • ‘The house, which is very elegant, had not been lived in for over four years and was slowly crumbling away.’
    • ‘The age of some of the rocks in the area has been a subject of debate by geologists for over 150 years.’
    • ‘The house, the entrance lodge and garden of just over an acre comprise lot one.’
    • ‘We spent a lot of time together, well over two months, and so we really got to know each other.’
    • ‘In fact he supervised the production of over 30 volumes in his role as general editor.’
    • ‘On that basis the unemployment levels of those over forty are not reasonable.’
    • ‘In some areas of the county over half the number of fires reported are started deliberately.’
    • ‘Applicants must be over 25 and have had a clean driving licence for more than five years.’
    • ‘She was born in Oxford and has lived in Ireland for over twenty five years.’
    • ‘He was trapped in the car, which burst into flames, for over an hour.’
    • ‘We raise such a hue and cry when a tree is cut down, but with every heavy shower over a dozen trees fall.’
    • ‘Flood levels over three meters deep drowned cars and drove people from their homes.’
    more than, above, in excess of, exceeding, upwards of, beyond, greater than
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  • 4Expressing passage or trajectory across.

    ‘she trudged over the lawn’
    • ‘A small climb up over a muddy slope gains a corner with some fine formations.’
    • ‘Police, including six armed officers, swarmed over the area and the gangsters fled.’
    • ‘The Act, creates a new legal right to roam over areas, mapped as open land and registered common land.’
    • ‘The pace picks up as the river flows swift and shallow over a rocky bed.’
    • ‘Then it was time to go home and everyone started to drive over the newly fallen snow in their cars with the big fat tyres on them.’
    • ‘Ignore side roads as you go up the hill and over a cross roads with traffic lights.’
    • ‘Clamber over this, and follow the passage through a short canal to a rope climb up a rift.’
    • ‘It was possible that a big cat could roam over a huge area.’
    • ‘Once changed we set off over the fell with the rain thankfully absent for the time being.’
    • ‘Together we bounded over a meadow and parked the car on the edge of a copse.’
    • ‘Some headed directly east: over the mountains and into the tribal areas of Pakistan.’
    • ‘Ranks closed and the birds swept over the estuary, rising and falling, packed together.’
    • ‘Flying over vast areas of vegetation, the scale of the disaster caused by the floods begins to unfold.’
    • ‘We headed off down Pierce's Passage and over a muddy boulder slope until we reached some cascades.’
    • ‘The more obvious route goes directly up the ridge over steep, rocky ground, though there is a path to follow.’
    • ‘An injured climber walked for a mile over rocky terrain after falling off a cliff and breaking his arm and foot.’
    across, on to, around, throughout, all through, throughout the extent of, everywhere in, in all parts of
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    1. 4.1Beyond and falling or hanging from.
      ‘he toppled over the side of the boat’
      • ‘They wrapped the first bomb in a sack and carefully rolled it over the side, where it exploded.’
      • ‘He is splashing fish heads over the side of the boat, looking sick and out of place.’
      • ‘I scowled into the night, took a swig of my beer and dumped the rest over the side of the deck.’
      • ‘Wounded in the leg, he fell back over a ledge and was fortunate to be snagged by a tree.’
      • ‘There are five people on board and you have to decide who to chuck over the side to save the rest.’
      • ‘Working on a film in St Lucia, he almost crashes a bus over the side of a ravine.’
      • ‘Six-foot waves crash over the sides of the landing craft and several are swamped.’
      • ‘He left the pub alone at closing time and must have fallen over the wall on his walk home.’
      • ‘It drops over the side of the canoe as I try to store it away in a waterproof container.’
      • ‘When we moved off and dropped over the hull side, however, we found the visibility was as good as 1m!’
      • ‘Many of the owners are given time frames of how long it will be before their homes topple over the cliff.’
      • ‘Cars had been crushed like balls of paper, and chucked over the side of the bridges.’
      • ‘They claimed they were breaching a crazy law that was forcing them to dump fish caught in their nets over the side.’
      • ‘On a perfect day, with someone on shark-watch, we had leapt over the side to go for a swim.’
      • ‘Bait and decoys keep the sharks close to the boats, and a cage can then be dropped over the side for a diver to get a much closer look.’
      • ‘They roll him over on his side and his arm flaps limply over the side of the gurney.’
      • ‘As it is, any adult proposing to get comfortable back there is going to have to dangle their feet over the sides.’
      • ‘He fell 25 feet over a ledge and suffered head injuries after crashing into rocks.’
      • ‘Can I report a loss because I have dropped my wallet over the side of the boat on the way back from France?’
      • ‘Her long, brown legs were draped over the side of the boat.’
    2. 4.2At the other side of; beyond.
      ‘over the hill is a small village’
      • ‘There is a village over the river from Liverpool called Port Sunlight.’
      • ‘Over the river, King's College has an absolutely stunning Fellows' Garden.’
      • ‘She asks if he could give her a lift to a town over the border.’
      • ‘Just over the other side of the mountain, on the other slope at 770 foot, is the weather station.’
      • ‘He sits next to his Personal Assistant, with his sales and marketing director over the partition.’
  • 5Expressing duration.

    ‘you've given us a lot of heartache over the years’
    ‘she told me over coffee’
    • ‘Search teams have been combing the area over the weekend but have so far been unable to trace the murder weapon.’
    • ‘We had a longer day care service, holiday cover and respite care over the weekend.’
    • ‘They will be able to pay £12 a month over three years to cover their end of the deal.’
    • ‘The cost of generating electricity by wind power has fallen dramatically over the past few years.’
    • ‘Attacks on staff have increased in almost all areas of the NHS over the last 10 years.’
    • ‘There has been an increase in firearm crime in the area over the last five years.’
    • ‘I've been in a lot of interesting places over the past two years and worked with some really great people.’
    • ‘We talk over coffee in his small Knightsbridge office, where he employs just one assistant.’
    • ‘Police are also linking the duo to two other attacks in the Nottinghamshire area over the past few days.’
    • ‘In just over a month the area was evacuated and the village literally vanished off the map.’
    • ‘The stones of the path had been polished by the passage of feet over hundreds, if not thousands, of years.’
    • ‘To enjoy these bulbs year after year, they must be dug up in fall and stored indoors over the winter.’
    • ‘Alan eventually broke the news to her over a cup of coffee when they got home.’
    • ‘Collectors from the scheme will be calling to homes in the area over the coming two weeks.’
    • ‘Security forces were thought to have largely cleaned up the area over the past two years.’
    • ‘My memory of the entrance passages had faded over the years, so we took a few wrong turnings.’
    • ‘With the fine weather there has been a huge increase in visitors to the area over the past month or so.’
    • ‘However, a number of the York side have improved over the last year and a close result is forecast.’
    • ‘The direction of the markets over the coming months will largely be down to American interest rates.’
    • ‘The couple said they will be organising lots of fundraising events over the coming year.’
  • 6Expressing the medium by which something is done; by means of.

    ‘a voice came over the loudspeaker’
    • ‘The almost robotic voice of the security office fizzed over the voice comm.’
    • ‘This month's Athens Olympics will become the first to be broadcast live over the Net.’
    • ‘The lights over the rink dimmed and flashed colors, and a slow song came on over the loudspeakers.’
    • ‘Increasingly customers buy insurance direct over the phone, or on the internet.’
    • ‘Although not available in Orkney, the station broadcasts live over the internet.’
    • ‘Within a few moments a reply was clearly voiced over the small speaker in the headrest of the chair.’
    • ‘His or her face is illuminated with a soft red light, and white noise is played over headphones.’
    • ‘The lights began to dim out and then a voice was heard over the microphone.’
    • ‘The company also put out Madonna's concert at Slane live over the internet last year.’
    • ‘My husband heard the shouts over the phone and called the police when he realised I was being robbed.’
    • ‘The crowd listened in silence as the service was broadcast over loudspeakers.’
    • ‘The Dominoes On Line web site enables you to play dominoes live over the Internet.’
    • ‘This is usually much more expensive than buying direct over the telephone or internet.’
    • ‘These could be used to attract more sales, perhaps even direct sales over the internet.’
    • ‘She printed a map with instructions, but he insisted on giving directions over the phone.’
    • ‘Customers will get used to making free voice calls over the internet.’
  • 7On the subject of.

    ‘a long and heated debate over unemployment’
    • ‘The traffickers then had a gunbattle with a rival drug gang over drug selling areas.’
    • ‘The next battles were over the first direct elections to the European Parliament.’
    • ‘He has been getting a lot more aggressive recently over such trivial things as the housework and his dinner.’
    • ‘A fresh row has erupted over the thorny issue of a northern bypass for Witham.’
    • ‘There were concerns over your level of alcohol consumption and its effect on your conduct.’
    • ‘There is a great deal of debate over the safety of buying on the internet.’
    • ‘Protests were staged in Kew on Monday over fresh attempts by a phone company to put up a mast in North Road.’
    • ‘This incident raises fresh concerns over safety, and public access to the water's edge.’
    • ‘That has raised fresh concerns over the nation's ability to pull itself out of recession.’
    • ‘We need joint union rallies over pensions and a serious campaign among rank and file members.’
    • ‘New figures show that the highest number of complaints are made over domestic noise.’
    • ‘MPs said it was a straight fight between the two sides over who would win approval for a new medical school.’
    • ‘Many couples fall out over the house when they separate since it is usually the biggest asset.’
    • ‘Publicans are falling out over new licensing laws allowing pubs to open much later.’
    • ‘After bringing the railways to the city, he fell from grace over dodgy financial dealings.’
    • ‘The debate over the use of cannabis in medicine is controversial and emotive.’
    • ‘There has been a strong feeling among rank and file workers to walk out over this issue.’
    • ‘The protagonists are ex-college buddies who fell out over a girl called Betty Anne.’
    • ‘We argue all the time, whether it's over my driving or directions or anything really.’
    • ‘Right now, the world is faced with a debate over how to deal with the water crisis.’
    on the subject of, about, concerning, apropos of, with reference to, speaking of, with regard to, with respect to, regarding, as regards, relating to, respecting, in connection with, as for, re
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  • 1Expressing passage or trajectory across an area.

    ‘he leant over and tapped me on the hand’
    • ‘I put it back to its original position and wandered over to the other side of the room.’
    • ‘Loud snores drifted over from one side of the room as someone had become so relaxed they'd fallen asleep.’
    • ‘I wander over to the opposite side of the arena.’
    • ‘As she went to climb over, she fell and clipped her feet on the wall and her whole body flipped and she landed on her head.’
    • ‘She dunked her head under water and when she came up she swam over to my side of the pool.’
    • ‘Then he bounded over to the opposite side of the busy pedestrian area to another target.’
    • ‘He crawled over to her side at once and picked up one of her hands, clenching it tightly in his grip.’
    • ‘He reached over and gently stroked the cat.’
    • ‘He leaned over and sloppily kissed her, and she could smell liquor on his breath.’
    • ‘He lifted me over and then one of them grabbed my hand.’
    • ‘It was a delight to watch the bird in flight as it flew over in the direction of Rookfield village.’
    • ‘He immediately rushed over to the area, which was in a barren part of the forest.’
    • ‘The gunman went directly over to him, and fired at least three shots.’
    1. 1.1In or to the place indicated.
      ‘I'm over here’
      • ‘As you reach the first curve, you put your arm over to the side and you feel the acceleration.’
      • ‘We've had a lot of fun over here in the last six years, but it's time to go home.’
      • ‘I used to read the Craven Herald when I lived over here and always pick it up when back in the area.’
      • ‘The other side of town is a virtual no go area for us living over here.’
      • ‘The scenery is brilliant, so why not take a trip west to see how we live over here.’
      • ‘I also have a friend who has lived over here for a while and he really sold the city to me as a great place to live.’
      • ‘I was drinking in the area so I popped over to have a quick look.’
      • ‘The live scene over there is very active, but the geography doesn't make touring easy.’
      • ‘Nick will do a fantastic job in America because he has played a lot over there.’
      • ‘Isabel often has friends over for coffee in this room, as there is a playroom for children nearby.’
      • ‘As the ugly scenes on the pitch spilled over into the crowd, police were called to the Corbet Field ground.’
      • ‘The machine is right over on the other side of the house, and it has never woken us up before.’
      • ‘This is incredibly popular in America and would generate lots of interest over here.’
      • ‘Drizzle the lemon juice over and then sprinkle each plate with a tablespoon of olive oil.’
      • ‘She says she wishes to have me over for coffee.’
      • ‘He's over in the kitchen area, wearing nothing but his hat and a baggy pair of Y-fronts.’
      • ‘Although the film is due out soon, she confessed she would prefer to have friends over for a visit than go to a premiere.’
      • ‘It is no use the Minister over there shouting across the floor of the House to me.’
      • ‘World ranking points are lower over here, of course, but the standard of play isn't as good.’
      • ‘He is sitting somewhere over on the far side of the room.’
  • 2Beyond and falling or hanging from a point.

    ‘she knocked the jug over’
    • ‘Some the stems of the flowers seem too weak to support the flower, so they bend over and sometimes break off.’
    • ‘It is designed to be difficult to knock over because of gyroscopes that work to keep it upright.’
    • ‘One of my parsley pots had fallen over, so I picked it up and put it down properly.’
    • ‘The two rear carriages tipped over on their sides before the train came to a halt.’
    • ‘It was thought that a candle had fallen over and set alight the paperwork in an office in the garage.’
    • ‘The oil drum where the male monkey had been sitting began to wobble from side to side and finally toppled right over.’
    • ‘In explanation the guard said that it had fallen over as the train was crossing the curve at Neville Hill.’
    • ‘It had toppled itself so far over to one side that it had pulled its roots out of the soil.’
  • 3Used to express action and result.

    ‘the car flipped over’
    ‘hand the money over’
    • ‘Initially doubtful, Bird was eventually won over and took control of the project.’
    • ‘The real eyesore was the derelict building we took over, which was covered in vandalism.’
    • ‘Some of us are all too keen on putting our views over and not listening to what's being said.’
    • ‘His shot from outside the area was just tipped over.’
    • ‘She wrapped it up in a piece of plastic and returned to the restaurant where she handed it over to the duty manager.’
    • ‘It is about keeping the invader out, rather than allowing him in and winning him over to your side.’
    • ‘I looked him over and quickly spotted a few cuts that had not been there the night before.’
    • ‘She had recently taken over as manager, and decided instead to keep it open.’
    • ‘The cards are turned back over and then the next turn begins with two more cards being chosen.’
    • ‘Just watch the amiable face cloud over as the subject of passing years is raised.’
    • ‘The boot gets tossed, it teeters on its side then rolls over with the shoe laces facing up.’
    • ‘He handed a small stack of bills over and soon Nathan found himself heading back to his own car.’
    • ‘He looked himself over; he was covered in a greenish substance that he did not recognize.’
    • ‘Why hand your cash over to a tout when you could work your passage, get a more secure sleeping area and get in for free?’
    • ‘I rolled over and then it was as if someone had thrown a lot of grit into my eyes.’
    • ‘It should also be the case that significant areas should be given over to free parking.’
    • ‘It will be preserved and covered over by the floor slab of the new building.’
    • ‘Indeed, Henry became so afraid of the cult that he ordered that the tomb be covered over.’
    • ‘You have to hand it over to a director and allow them to do what they want to it.’
    • ‘They also dug over an area of ground which will be used to grow herbs and tomatoes for the school kitchen.’
    1. 3.1Finished.
      ‘the match is over’
      ‘message understood, over and out’
      • ‘Why do so many women think the battle is over?’
      • ‘Sunday evening we managed to come out of our homes, not knowing if it was over or not.’
      • ‘Yet the action still wasn't over with the away side determined to rescue some lost pride.’
      • ‘Do you know exactly what you want to do with yourself once your undergrad degree is over?’
      • ‘I'm going to wait till it's over and then somehow talk to her.’
      • ‘He waited until the game at Celtic Park was over and then phoned his son.’
      • ‘When mass was over and more prayers had been said, each body would be brought to its grave by clergy and mourners.’
      • ‘This is comforting somehow; the phoney war is pretty much over and now the real fight begins.’
      • ‘The sterile and confrontational years should be declared over on all sides.’
      • ‘Once this was over we were then subjected to more searches and much x-raying of luggage.’
      • ‘Well, the UK General Election is over and not much has changed in the cold light of day.’
      • ‘The crisis was over, but both sides were fully aware of how close they had come to nuclear annihilation.’
      • ‘Our time together over, I shake hands, thank her for her candour and walk out the door.’
      • ‘Any chance of further reform across other areas is now over.’
      • ‘The question should be whether the halcyon days of direct foreign investment are over.’
      • ‘But the game was far from over and the home side were not going to go down without a fight.’
      • ‘Now, our national game is in disarray, our World Cup is over and even the Tartan Army have had enough.’
      • ‘The Indian series is over and almost immediately in this crowded age it is time to focus on Australia.’
      • ‘My long weekend is nearly over and then it is back to the drudgery of the workplace.’
      • ‘Fifty years of heartache is over for a former Rochdale man who has finally found the sister he has never met.’
      at an end, finished, concluded, terminated, no more, ended, extinct, gone, dead, a thing of the past, ancient history
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  • 4Used to express repetition of a process.

    ‘the jukebox plays every song twice over’
    • ‘I loved the book so much that I have read it twice over.’
    • ‘If you could pick just one day of your life to live over again, which day would you choose?’
    • ‘As a healthcare professional that is what I observe over and again.’
    • ‘It was the longest sentence he said that day, but he repeated it several times over.’
    • ‘Of course we wouldn't live the same life over, that wouldn't be possible, would it?’


  • A sequence of six balls bowled by a bowler from one end of the pitch, after which another bowler takes over from the other end.

    • ‘His first eight overs yielded just 10 runs and included four wickets.’
    • ‘As on Saturday, play went on late because Worcestershire bowled their overs so slowly.’
    • ‘At that stage, scoring at eight runs an over appeared to be a fantastic display.’
    • ‘In the Indian first innings, he bowled just six overs at a cost of 32 runs.’
    • ‘He would bowl six overs, take wickets and get taken off because he was so unfit.’


  • (all) over again

    • From the beginning for a second or subsequent time.

      ‘the sums will have to be done over again’
      ‘I tore it up and started all over again’
      • ‘He would have to endure the process all over again.’
      • ‘He said the intense media coverage was victimising her all over again.’
      • ‘Becoming world champions undoubtedly boosted our confidence, but now we have to prove we're capable of doing it all over again.’
      • ‘This season, he has to prove himself all over again.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be necessary to re-try the whole case all over again to determine the question of damages.’
      • ‘This was so good I wanted to start reading it all over again but I had to lend it to a friend to read first.’
  • be over

    • No longer be affected by.

      ‘we were over the worst’
      • ‘Wendy has been advised to stay on HRT for only five years, when she should be over her symptoms.’
      • ‘We seem to be over the stomach problems now.’
      • ‘If I can keep it up right through the weekend I reckon I'll be over the worst of it.’
      • ‘He is now over his cold and is doing better everyday.’
      • ‘Please just strike me down here and now because I am just destined to never be over any of this.’
  • get something over with

    • Do or undergo something unpleasant or difficult, so as to be rid of it.

      • ‘I think he got it over with quickly because he hated auditions, just like me.’
      • ‘Damage was minimal and despite my irritation and extreme annoyance, my only goal was to get the formalities over with, get back into my car and go home.’
      • ‘They made everyone stand up at staff meetings in order to get them over with quickly.’
      • ‘We shopped at a leisurely pace in the supermarket, browsing and thinking rather than madly grabbing the same products as last week in order to get it over with.’
      • ‘I just confessed and pled guilty and got it over with.’
      • ‘I am just looking forward to getting it over with.’
      • ‘It was a case of just getting it over with and looking forward to next season.’
      • ‘He wanted to get the whole thing over with.’
      • ‘I suppose it was a good idea to get it over with quickly.’
      • ‘While this often seems like a good way of speeding up a painful process and getting it over with, it is certainly no aid to communication or good public speaking.’
  • over against

    • 1Adjacent to.

      ‘over against the wall’
      • ‘He spied three familiar figures hunched over against the wall.’
      • ‘The bed that was in the center of the room was now over against the left wall.’
      • ‘Instead it stands over against this process like a mirror held up to it.’
      • ‘A voice called out, telling them to settle down, and they seated themselves on a mismatch of assorted chairs, a couple perching themselves on barrels and bales over against the wall.’
      • ‘A teacher who had joined the insurgents keeled over against him and whispered, ‘There is no god but God ‘, before dying.’’
    • 2In contrast with.

      ‘over against heaven is hell’
      • ‘Evangelical Protestantism defines itself over against mainline Protestantism.’
      • ‘The Commentary on the Song of Songs points much more in this direction, in that the synagogue and the church are set over against one another as the ‘old Eve’ and the ‘new Eve.’’
      • ‘She is attempting to define herself over against the established powers.’
      • ‘In fact, the New Testament is clearer and fuller on this than the Old Testament, as can be seen by looking at what Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, taught about Hell, over against the prophets, for example.’
      • ‘They do not need to define Christianity as a religion of grace over against a religion of law, because they discover in the actual words of Paul that no such contrast exists in his letters.’
      • ‘But to find this a compelling argument, one must already be convinced of the inalienable sanctity of choice, over against every other social good.’
      • ‘He sets over against this his own clear spiritual position.’
      • ‘She put her sixth-century royal French name and wealth to work for a safe and peaceful women's religious community over against the violence and brutality around her.’
      • ‘The Report could have chosen to speak in the strident tone of the Apocalypse, defining the church over against the whore of Babylon.’
      • ‘From that perspective, a main problem in the book is its tendency to posit psychosocial explanations over against ecclesiastical, theological, and philosophical turns.’
  • over and above

    • In addition to.

      ‘exceptional service over and above what normally might be expected’
      • ‘Any money allows us to improve patient comfort or bring in new equipment that is over and above what we would normally buy for ourselves.’
      • ‘A farmer may also apply for an additional bond over and above his or her basic quota.’
      • ‘It is not envisaged that the proposal will lead to any increase in noise from the site over and above any that may be generated at present.’
      • ‘He behaved as an employee but had an interest as shareholder over and above that of employee and stood to gain if the company prospered.’
      • ‘Drill pay, while adequate, is over and above what they are paid on their civilian jobs.’
      • ‘Any profit they make over and above the interest charges of the loan, increases the value of the fund for all participating investors.’
      • ‘Each target audience requires information that is unique to itself over and above the general information.’
      • ‘There are some locations where traffic calming, over and above that provided by the existing laws of the highway, may be desirable.’
      • ‘The deal included a signing on bonus and an extra £85-a-day over and above their wages.’
      • ‘In fact, he had made a new addition to his daily itinerary over and above what he had been doing before.’
      in addition to, on top of, over and beyond, plus, as well as, besides, not to mention, along with, let alone
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  • over and done with

    • Completely finished.

      • ‘If I have to testify I ask that it be done as soon as possible, because I just want to get this over and done with and get on with my life.’
      • ‘My only hope at this point is that they get this wretched debacle over and done with as soon as possible, and preferably before it gets really messy.’
      • ‘I'd like to get this over and done with as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘We go up and do our training, get it over and done with, and try not to be distracted by what people are saying about the match.’
      • ‘It is a strange feeling to work on this project for a whole year, only for it to be over and done with in what feels like the blink of an eye.’
      • ‘But all we want to do is get it over and done with and hope that our daughter can go on to lead a normal life.’
      • ‘It was as if everyone was waiting for the official speeches to be over and done with.’
      • ‘The longer this fiasco goes on, then the more shareholders are going to be hurt, so let's get it over and done with as quickly as possible.’
      • ‘Thank goodness that's all over and done with for another year.’
      • ‘I'm not too concerned about the exam, just looking forwards to getting it over and done with.’
      completed, concluded, consummated, finalized, terminated, over and done with, over, in the past, at an end
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  • over and over

    • Again and again.

      ‘doing the same thing over and over again’
      • ‘She read the novel over and over.’
      • ‘It one of those movies you can watch over and over.’
      • ‘I liked The Jungle Book soundtrack which I used to play over and over on my tape player.’
      • ‘There is this song repeating itself over and over in my head but I can't get further than a few words.’
      • ‘Repeat this over and over at gradually lengthening intervals until your baby goes to sleep.’
      repeatedly, again and again, over and over again, time and again, time and time again, many times over, on many occasions, on several occasions, often, frequently, recurrently, constantly, continually, persistently, regularly, habitually, ad nauseam
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  • over to you

    • informal Used to say that it is now your turn or responsibility.

      ‘it's over to you, the people of Scotland, to decide who should win’
      • ‘The nominees have been suggested by our judging panel but it's over to you to decide who should win.’
      • ‘We think this sums up things more eloquently than we ever could, so over to you John.’
      • ‘Over to you to discuss whatever you want in the world of football transfers’
      • ‘Anyway, it's over to you now to listen to five of our favorites and pick the one that you fancy the most!’
      • ‘Over to you consumer: vote with your feet.’


Old English ofer, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch over and German über, from an Indo-European word (originally a comparative of the element represented by -ove in above) which is also the base of Latin super and Greek huper.