One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pass over (someone) in favor of another.‘during the war officers were often overslaughed’
- ‘The fact that he is younger in years than other deserving officers should not be sufficient reason for overslaughing him again.’
- ‘I, who have not only devoted my time, my talents, and my energies, to our noble and holy cause, but have perilled my life in it, am to be overslaughed to make room for Mr. Frank.’
Mid 18th century: from Dutch overslag (noun), from overslaan ‘pass over’.
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