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too —— by half

Definition of too —— by half in English:

British Used to emphasize something considered bad: the idea seems too superstitious by half
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • New Year resolutions are just too sensible 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.
Synonyms
unduly, overly, excessively, exceedingly, inordinately, disproportionately, far too, to too great an extent/degree, by an excessive amount;
enormously, considerably, uncommonly, very, ultra-
informal too-too
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