Definition of over the top in English:

over the top

adverb

  • 1informal To an excessive or exaggerated degree.

    ‘some performances go over the top’
    • ‘You may think that two visits to a takeaway in a week is a bit over the top, but there was good reason.’
    • ‘She is so over the top that her exuberant personality, so attractive at school, is now stifling.’
    • ‘A poster campaign warning people about the risks of food poisoning is a bit over the top.’
    • ‘That's an over-the-top reaction.’
    • ‘He seemed a bit over the top but as the debate wore on, I thought he did a lot better.’
    • ‘Sorry, it probably all sounds a bit over the top complaining about something so insignificant.’
    • ‘The cops picked their time and went over the top, using excessive violence against us.’
    • ‘I think the quotes from disgruntled users were a bit over the top.’
    • ‘I think setting fire to my own clothes during rehearsals may have been a bit over the top.’
    • ‘I guess it is just the way he wants to show how much he values me in his team, but he can be a bit over the top, can't he?’
    • ‘I think everybody's too used to seeing over-the-top reactions from guests on game shows and talk shows.’
    excessive, immoderate, inordinate, extreme, over the limit, exaggerated, extravagant, overblown, overripe, too much, unreasonable, needless, disproportionate, undue, unwarranted, uncalled for, unnecessary, going too far
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  • 2historical Over the parapet of a trench and into battle.

    ‘I'll be in the trench with you chaps when you go over the top’
    • ‘Surely at the Somme and other such battles you were ordered by those in charge to go over the top to provide cannon fodder?’
    • ‘In the trenches, if he said it was time to go over the top, his men would follow him without question.’

adjective

informal
  • Excessive or exaggerated.

    ‘failed, over-the-top attempts at humour’
    ‘his reactions had been a bit over the top’