Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English overleven, from Old English oferlǣfan (to leave over; be left over, remain), equivalent to over- +‎ leave.


overleave (third-person singular simple present overleaves, present participle overleaving, simple past and past participle overleft)

  1. (transitive) To leave (something) over; cause to remain or be left.
    • 1999, Saint Edmund Campion, James V. Holleran, A Jesuit Challenge:
      And of such force was this verity, so fresh and recent in men's memory, that amongst so many enemies of his, that lay in wait to overleave him with lies, no one was thenceforth found who could refell [deny] these words of Campion.
  2. (intransitive) To remain; be left over.
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Etymology 2Edit

From over- +‎ leave (permission, furlough).


overleave (uncountable)

  1. A leave which exceeds the approved or prescribed amount of time.
    • 1949, United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps Manual, 1949:
      [...] Absence without leave (including overleave and desertion).
    • 2011, L Ron Hubbard, Orders Is Orders:
      “Didn't you threaten to bobtail one of your sergeants for being drunk and overleave in Shanghai last week?