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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘A poster campaign warning people about the risks of food poisoning is a bit over the top.’
    • ‘She is so over the top that her exuberant personality, so attractive at school, is now stifling.’
    • ‘I think the quotes from disgruntled users were a bit over the top.’
    • ‘I think everybody's too used to seeing over-the-top reactions from guests on game shows and talk shows.’
    • ‘Sorry, it probably all sounds a bit over the top complaining about something so insignificant.’
    • ‘He seemed a bit over the top but as the debate wore on, I thought he did a lot better.’
    • ‘That's an over-the-top reaction.’
    • ‘The cops picked their time and went over the top, using excessive violence against us.’
    • ‘I think setting fire to my own clothes during rehearsals may have been a bit over the top.’
    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’
    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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