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From Middle English overall, overal, equivalent to over +‎ all. Compare Saterland Frisian oural, uural(everywhere), West Frisian oeral(everywhere), Dutch overal(everywhere), German Low German overall, överall(everywhere; all over), German überall(all over; everywhere), Danish overalt(everywhere), Swedish överallt(everywhere; overall).

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overall ‎(comparative more overall, superlative most overall)

  1. All-encompassing, all around.
    • 1949, W. Keith Hancock and Margaret M. Gowing, British War Economy:
      We believe also that a controlled economy cannot be understood without some overall view of the controlling institutions: hence our short studies — shorter by far than the original drafts — of the central administration.

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overall ‎(comparative more overall, superlative most overall)

  1. Generally; with everything considered.

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overall ‎(plural overalls)

  1. (Britain) A garment worn over other clothing to protect it; a coverall or boiler suit. A garment, for manual labor or for casual wear, often made of a single piece of fabric, with long legs and a bib upper, supported from the shoulders with straps, and having several large pockets and loops for carrying tools.
  2. (in the plural, US) A garment, worn for manual labor, with an integral covering extending to the chest, supported by straps.

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