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
- ‘‘She overset my trigonometry,’ Burns complained, ‘and set me off at a tangent from the sphere of my studies.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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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