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