One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verboversetting, oversets[with object]dated
1Overturn.‘he overset the primus stove while cooking his supper’
overturn, turn over, tip over, roll over, upturn, capsize, turn topsy-turvyView synonyms
- ‘‘She overset my trigonometry,’ Burns complained, ‘and set me off at a tangent from the sphere of my studies.’’
- ‘The Scriv. overset his cucurbit of corn mash with a jaundiced expletive.’
- ‘If, but only if, the SENT has gone wrong in law will the High Court overset its judgment.’
- ‘Her motion overset the ink bottle, flooding the seventh grain of rice.’
- ‘One is that the reasoning in Enderby, on which it is explicitly founded, was overset by the European Court of Justice.’
2Upset emotionally.‘the small kindness nearly overset her again’
upset, overturn, topple over, turn over, throw over, knock over, push over, knock down, upend, invert, capsize, turn topsy-turvyView synonyms
- ‘He coughed, slightly overset by her uh, frank discussion of his private… matters.’
- ‘‘Joel has overset her, altogether.’’
- ‘The shock overset her not-too-well-balanced mind.’
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