1. From one end to the other: the overall length of the house.
2. Including everything; comprehensive: the overall costs of medical care.
3. Regarded as a whole; general: My overall impression was favorable.
On the whole; generally: enjoyed the performance overall.
1. Chiefly British A loose-fitting protective outer garment; a smock.
2. overalls Loose-fitting pants, usually of strong fabric, with a bib front and shoulder straps, often worn over regular clothing as protection from dirt.
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