One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A surplus or excess.‘an overplus of one ingredient’
- ‘‘It is chiefly among the Dutch and German settlers that vegetables are cultivated; and the overplus beyond their family wants is occasionally offered for sale.’’
- ‘As usual with Republicans, they project onto others the sins that they themselves commit, in overplus.’
- ‘A well-known one is the pun in Sonnet 135 where he uses the word ‘will’ 13 times with the double meaning of her will or volition and him, ‘William’: ‘Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will, / And Will to boot, and Will in overplus.’’
- ‘He could easily have forsaken songwriting at this point: he had money in overplus, Linda's renewed dedication, an aerie in the town he adored.’
- ‘The very state of peace in which we gloried was injurious; there were no means of employing the idle, or of sending any overplus of population out of the country.’
Late Middle English: partial translation of French surplus or medieval Latin superplus.
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