over the top
See also: over-the-top
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- (idiomatic) Bold; beyond normal, expected, or reasonable limits; outrageous.
- Synonyms: excessive, exaggerated, OTT, too much
- He has always had an independent style, but don't you think purple spiky hair is a bit over the top?
- 2015 February 23, “Oscars 2015: 10 things we learned”, in The Guardian (London):
- You might have expected a pop star known for shows in which she has someone vomit paint on to the stage to come up with something similarly over the top for a live rendition of The Sound of Music. But Gaga chose to take the traditional route.
- (communication) Delivered across the Internet to a television or similar device.
Usage notes Edit
- over the top occurs only following a copula as the object of a sentence, as above, whereas
- over-the-top is used where the adjective occurs before the word it modifies, as
- He gave an over-the-top performance.
beyond normal, expected, or reasonable limits; excessive; exaggerated
- (not comparable, from World War I) Over the parapet of a trench, especially at the start of a futile attack.
- The men were sent over the top to their certain death.
- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see over, the, top.
- "over the top" in the Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.