Definition of over the top in English:

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over the top


1 informal To an excessive or exaggerated degree: some performances go over the top
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  • The cops picked their time and went over the top, using excessive violence against us.
  • 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?
2chiefly historical Over the parapet of a trench and into battle: I’ll be in the trench with you chaps when you go over the top
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  • 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.


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
informal a bit much, OTT

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