1. variable noun [oft a N, oft N n] Overspill is used to refer to people who live near a city because there is no room in the city itself. [British] [+ from] ⇒ ...new towns built to absorb overspill from nearby cities. ⇒ ...overspill council housing. 2. variable noun [oft a N] You can use overspill to refer to things or people which there is no room for in the usual place because it is full. ⇒ There is often overspill, with the office piled high with parts and the shop jammed full of goods waiting to be posted out. ⇒ With the best seats taken, it was ruled that the overspill could stand at the back of the court.
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