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  • verb Present participle of overbook.
  • noun An instance of selling or guaranteeing more seats than are available.


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  • The passengers of spaceship Earth are sick and tired of the bloodshed in the Middle East, caused by what is basically an "overbooking" of Palestine by a coterie of politicians influenced by inane religious (e.g. fundamentally anti-semitic Christian) worldviews, who also regarded as an irrelevant and negligible quantity the Arab population that had already been living in Palestine for centuries.

    The J Curve 2009

  • #2 is correct, "overbooking" has been going on for many years.

    Lone Star Times 2009

  • "overbooking", where they essentially sell more tickets than there are seats on a plane.

    Latest News from .NET Developer's Journal 2009

  • Many seasoned travelers attribute their most impressive upgrades to a combination of luck and overbooking, but our insider, a front desk manager at a luxury Atlanta hotel, says there are a few measures you can take to put yourself in a more favorable position to be upgraded.

    How To Get A Hotel Upgrade Jacqueline Detwiler 2010

  • It was hard for me to overcome my instinct to try and amortize the trip as much as possible, overbooking myself with events and commitments, etc.

    Breakfast in Bed desayunoencama 2009

  • Let me go back to the earlier post about UM's overbooking and change my comments. A Good Omen (Herein of Torts) 2009

  • We have helped to bring highway deaths down to their lowest level in 60 years; promoted airline safety while protecting passengers from tarmac delays, overbooking and hidden charges; sharply reduced the risk of salmonella from eggs; dramatically increased the fuel economy of cars and trucks, promoting energy independence while saving consumers money; and curbed air pollution that kills thousands of people each year.

    21st-Century Regulation: An Update on the President's Reforms Cass Sunstein 2011

  • The Regulation on Air Passenger Rights, passed in 2004, set out to punish airlines and compensate passengers for what were seen as abusive practices among carriers, particularly overbooking planes and "bumping" passengers who couldn't be seated.

    EU Plans Revisions to Clarify Airline Law Daniel Michaels 2011

  • The worst time slot all week as far as overbooking on my dvr is concerned.

    'Community': Get to know scene-stealer Danny Pudi | 2009

  • Overall, with high scores in on-time performance and baggage handling but low rankings in overbooking and complaints, US Airways ranked fifth out of nine.

    The Big Guys Finish Last in 2010 Airline Rankings Scott McCartney 2011


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