Definition of too — by half in English:

too — by half

phrase

British
  • Used to emphasize something considered bad.

    ‘the idea seems too superstitious by half’
    • ‘Sheila sent me this link months ago, but I've been too scared to post it in case it makes me look… well… too smug by half.’
    • ‘New Year resolutions are just too sensible by half.’
    • ‘It's too shrewd by half for you to now say no contracts were signed.’
    • ‘Unhappily, it only reinforced my prejudices: that travel writers are too smug by half.’
    • ‘While the scientific and engineering aspects of this project are undeniably neat, this thing is just a little too Tolkienesque by half.’
    • ‘While some reviewers have seen it as a bold attempt by Welsh to move out of the druggy ghetto he has built for himself, others have found it trite, tedious and too long by half.’
    • ‘There was one other thing that I just wanted to correct for the record because I think that this was an example of his playing it just a little bit too cute by half.’
    • ‘But that's getting too cute by half with the numbers.’
    • ‘The problem with stalking is twofold: it is both too conspicuous by half and not conspicuous enough, and in both cases it is not treated with the seriousness it deserves.’
    • ‘However, even at 16 times 2005 profits, the valuation still looks too expensive by half, especially for a mature telecom business.’
    unduly, overly, excessively, exceedingly, inordinately, disproportionately, far too, to too great an degree, to too great an extent, by an excessive amount
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