Definition of over in English:

over

preposition

  • 1Extending directly upward from.

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

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

    ‘over 40 degrees C’
    ‘they have lived together for over a year’
    • ‘In fact he supervised the production of over 30 volumes in his role as general editor.’
    • ‘Water in the house reached a level of over three feet and considerable damage was caused.’
    • ‘In some areas of the county over half the number of fires reported are started deliberately.’
    • ‘We spent a lot of time together, well over two months, and so we really got to know each other.’
    • ‘We raise such a hue and cry when a tree is cut down, but with every heavy shower over a dozen trees fall.’
    • ‘Mind you, I think it was probably over thirty degrees when this was filmed earlier today.’
    • ‘Applicants must be over 25 and have had a clean driving licence for more than five years.’
    • ‘The age of some of the rocks in the area has been a subject of debate by geologists for over 150 years.’
    • ‘We had been together for over a year, but I left him because everything he did seemed so boring and dull.’
    • ‘She was born in Oxford and has lived in Ireland for over twenty five years.’
    • ‘The house, which is very elegant, had not been lived in for over four years and was slowly crumbling away.’
    • ‘The shores of these islands are often sandy but temperatures over 30 degrees are rare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was trapped in the car, which burst into flames, for over an hour.’
    • ‘The house, the entrance lodge and garden of just over an acre comprise lot one.’
    • ‘I have friends who have lived in Thailand for over thirty years and can't speak a work of Thai.’
    • ‘Most of the material is stuff we'd been playing in front of live audiences for over a year.’
    • ‘Flood levels over three meters deep drowned cars and drove people from their homes.’
    • ‘On that basis the unemployment levels of those over forty are not reasonable.’
    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’
    • ‘Flying over vast areas of vegetation, the scale of the disaster caused by the floods begins to unfold.’
    • ‘Ranks closed and the birds swept over the estuary, rising and falling, packed together.’
    • ‘Some headed directly east: over the mountains and into the tribal areas of Pakistan.’
    • ‘The Act, creates a new legal right to roam over areas, mapped as open land and registered common land.’
    • ‘It was possible that a big cat could roam over a huge area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We headed off down Pierce's Passage and over a muddy boulder slope until we reached some cascades.’
    • ‘Ignore side roads as you go up the hill and over a cross roads with traffic lights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Together we bounded over a meadow and parked the car on the edge of a copse.’
    • ‘Once changed we set off over the fell with the rain thankfully absent for the time being.’
    • ‘Police, including six armed officers, swarmed over the area and the gangsters fled.’
    • ‘Clamber over this, and follow the passage through a short canal to a rope climb up a rift.’
    • ‘A small climb up over a muddy slope gains a corner with some fine formations.’
    • ‘The pace picks up as the river flows swift and shallow over a rocky bed.’
    across, on to, around, throughout, all through, throughout the extent of, everywhere in, in all parts of
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    1. 4.1 Beyond and falling or hanging from.
      ‘it toppled over the cliff’
      • ‘It drops over the side of the canoe as I try to store it away in a waterproof container.’
      • ‘He is splashing fish heads over the side of the boat, looking sick and out of place.’
      • ‘Cars had been crushed like balls of paper, and chucked over the side of the bridges.’
      • ‘There are five people on board and you have to decide who to chuck over the side to save the rest.’
      • ‘They wrapped the first bomb in a sack and carefully rolled it over the side, where it exploded.’
      • ‘Many of the owners are given time frames of how long it will be before their homes topple over the cliff.’
      • ‘Wounded in the leg, he fell back over a ledge and was fortunate to be snagged by a tree.’
      • ‘On a perfect day, with someone on shark-watch, we had leapt over the side to go for a swim.’
      • ‘He fell 25 feet over a ledge and suffered head injuries after crashing into rocks.’
      • ‘They claimed they were breaching a crazy law that was forcing them to dump fish caught in their nets over the side.’
      • ‘Six-foot waves crash over the sides of the landing craft and several are swamped.’
      • ‘I scowled into the night, took a swig of my beer and dumped the rest over the side of the deck.’
      • ‘As it is, any adult proposing to get comfortable back there is going to have to dangle their feet over the sides.’
      • ‘They roll him over on his side and his arm flaps limply over the side of the gurney.’
      • ‘When we moved off and dropped over the hull side, however, we found the visibility was as good as 1m!’
      • ‘He left the pub alone at closing time and must have fallen over the wall on his walk home.’
      • ‘Can I report a loss because I have dropped my wallet over the side of the boat on the way back from France?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Working on a film in St Lucia, he almost crashes a bus over the side of a ravine.’
      • ‘Her long, brown legs were draped over the side of the boat.’
    2. 4.2 At the other side of; beyond.
      ‘over the hill is a small village’
      • ‘Over the river, King's College has an absolutely stunning Fellows' Garden.’
      • ‘He sits next to his Personal Assistant, with his sales and marketing director over the partition.’
      • ‘There is a village over the river from Liverpool called Port Sunlight.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 5Expressing duration.

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

    ‘a voice came over the loudspeaker’
    • ‘The crowd listened in silence as the service was broadcast over loudspeakers.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The Dominoes On Line web site enables you to play dominoes live over the Internet.’
    • ‘These could be used to attract more sales, perhaps even direct sales over the internet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She printed a map with instructions, but he insisted on giving directions over the phone.’
    • ‘The company also put out Madonna's concert at Slane live over the internet last year.’
    • ‘This is usually much more expensive than buying direct over the telephone or internet.’
    • ‘The lights began to dim out and then a voice was heard over the microphone.’
    • ‘Customers will get used to making free voice calls over the internet.’
    • ‘My husband heard the shouts over the phone and called the police when he realised I was being robbed.’
  • 7On the subject of.

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

  • 1Expressing passage or trajectory across an area.

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

    ‘listing over at an acute angle’
    • ‘It is designed to be difficult to knock over because of gyroscopes that work to keep it upright.’
    • ‘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 was thought that a candle had fallen over and set alight the paperwork in an office in the garage.’
    • ‘It had toppled itself so far over to one side that it had pulled its roots out of the soil.’
    • ‘Some the stems of the flowers seem too weak to support the flower, so they bend over and sometimes break off.’
    • ‘The two rear carriages tipped over on their sides before the train came to a halt.’
    • ‘One of my parsley pots had fallen over, so I picked it up and put it down properly.’
  • 3Used to express action and result.

    ‘the car flipped over’
    ‘hand the money over’
    • ‘Some of us are all too keen on putting our views over and not listening to what's being said.’
    • ‘Initially doubtful, Bird was eventually won over and took control of the project.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘She had recently taken over as manager, and decided instead to keep it open.’
    • ‘They also dug over an area of ground which will be used to grow herbs and tomatoes for the school kitchen.’
    • ‘Indeed, Henry became so afraid of the cult that he ordered that the tomb be covered over.’
    • ‘It should also be the case that significant areas should be given over to free parking.’
    • ‘He handed a small stack of bills over and soon Nathan found himself heading back to his own car.’
    • ‘The boot gets tossed, it teeters on its side then rolls over with the shoe laces facing up.’
    • ‘He looked himself over; he was covered in a greenish substance that he did not recognize.’
    • ‘You have to hand it over to a director and allow them to do what they want to it.’
    • ‘The real eyesore was the derelict building we took over, which was covered in vandalism.’
    • ‘I rolled over and then it was as if someone had thrown a lot of grit into my eyes.’
    • ‘She wrapped it up in a piece of plastic and returned to the restaurant where she handed it over to the duty manager.’
    • ‘Just watch the amiable face cloud over as the subject of passing years is raised.’
    • ‘His shot from outside the area was just tipped over.’
    • ‘The cards are turned back over and then the next turn begins with two more cards being chosen.’
    • ‘It will be preserved and covered over by the floor slab of the new building.’
    • ‘I looked him over and quickly spotted a few cuts that had not been there the night before.’
    • ‘It is about keeping the invader out, rather than allowing him in and winning him over to your side.’
    1. 3.1 Finished.
      ‘the match is over’
      ‘message understood, over and out’
      • ‘Our time together over, I shake hands, thank her for her candour and walk out the door.’
      • ‘But the game was far from over and the home side were not going to go down without a fight.’
      • ‘Any chance of further reform across other areas is now over.’
      • ‘The Indian series is over and almost immediately in this crowded age it is time to focus on Australia.’
      • ‘I'm going to wait till it's over and then somehow talk to her.’
      • ‘Well, the UK General Election is over and not much has changed in the cold light of day.’
      • ‘Once this was over we were then subjected to more searches and much x-raying of luggage.’
      • ‘My long weekend is nearly over and then it is back to the drudgery of the workplace.’
      • ‘Why do so many women think the battle is over?’
      • ‘The crisis was over, but both sides were fully aware of how close they had come to nuclear annihilation.’
      • ‘This is comforting somehow; the phoney war is pretty much over and now the real fight begins.’
      • ‘Do you know exactly what you want to do with yourself once your undergrad degree is over?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fifty years of heartache is over for a former Rochdale man who has finally found the sister he has never met.’
      • ‘Yet the action still wasn't over with the away side determined to rescue some lost pride.’
      • ‘Now, our national game is in disarray, our World Cup is over and even the Tartan Army have had enough.’
      • ‘The sterile and confrontational years should be declared over on all sides.’
      • ‘Sunday evening we managed to come out of our homes, not knowing if it was over or not.’
      • ‘The question should be whether the halcyon days of direct foreign investment are over.’
      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.

    ‘twice over’
    ‘the sums will have to be done over again’
    • ‘As a healthcare professional that is what I observe over and again.’
    • ‘If you could pick just one day of your life to live over again, which day would you choose?’
    • ‘I loved the book so much that I have read it twice over.’
    • ‘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?’

noun

Cricket
  • A sequence of six balls bowled by a bowler from one end of the pitch.

    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • be over

    • No longer be affected by.

      ‘we were over the worst’
      • ‘We seem to be over the stomach problems now.’
      • ‘He is now over his cold and is doing better everyday.’
      • ‘If I can keep it up right through the weekend I reckon I'll be over the worst of it.’
      • ‘Wendy has been advised to stay on HRT for only five years, when she should be over her symptoms.’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a case of just getting it over with and looking forward to next season.’
      • ‘I just confessed and pled guilty and got it over with.’
      • ‘I am just looking forward to getting it over with.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He wanted to get the whole thing over with.’
      • ‘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 suppose it was a good idea to get it over with quickly.’
      • ‘I think he got it over with quickly because he hated auditions, just like me.’
  • over against

    • 1Adjacent to.

      ‘over against the wall’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bed that was in the center of the room was now over against the left wall.’
      • ‘A teacher who had joined the insurgents keeled over against him and whispered, ‘There is no god but God ‘, before dying.’’
      • ‘He spied three familiar figures hunched over against the wall.’
      • ‘Instead it stands over against this process like a mirror held up to it.’
      1. 1.1In contrast with.
        ‘over against heaven is hell’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’’
        • ‘He sets over against this his own clear spiritual position.’
        • ‘She is attempting to define herself over against the established powers.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘From that perspective, a main problem in the book is its tendency to posit psychosocial explanations over against ecclesiastical, theological, and philosophical turns.’
        • ‘The Report could have chosen to speak in the strident tone of the Apocalypse, defining the church over against the whore of Babylon.’
        • ‘But to find this a compelling argument, one must already be convinced of the inalienable sanctity of choice, over against every other social good.’
        • ‘Evangelical Protestantism defines itself over against mainline Protestantism.’
        • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘There are some locations where traffic calming, over and above that provided by the existing laws of the highway, may be desirable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each target audience requires information that is unique to itself over and above the general information.’
      • ‘The deal included a signing on bonus and an extra £85-a-day over and above their wages.’
      • ‘Drill pay, while adequate, is over and above what they are paid on their civilian jobs.’
      • ‘A farmer may also apply for an additional bond over and above his or her basic quota.’
      • ‘In fact, he had made a new addition to his daily itinerary over and above what he had been doing before.’
      • ‘Any profit they make over and above the interest charges of the loan, increases the value of the fund for all participating investors.’
      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 over

    • Again and again.

      • ‘I liked The Jungle Book soundtrack which I used to play over and over on my tape player.’
      • ‘She read the novel over and over.’
      • ‘Repeat this over and over at gradually lengthening intervals until your baby goes to sleep.’
      • ‘There is this song repeating itself over and over in my head but I can't get further than a few words.’
      • ‘It one of those movies you can watch over and over.’
      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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘We think this sums up things more eloquently than we ever could, so over to you John.’
      • ‘Over to you consumer: vote with your feet.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

over

/ˈōvər//ˈoʊvər/