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over the top Explained

over the top at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: was wotd » 2009|June|2


Alternative forms

* over-the-top


Inter: en-adj » head=over the top
  • Inter: idiomati » c Bold; beyond normal, expected, or reasonable limits; excessive; outrageous.
    1. : He has always had an independent style, but dont you think purple spiky hair is a bit over the top?''
    2. 2007, Bruce Jenkins, "The Chronicle Sports Columnist Blog," San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Aug,
    3. : Myers went over the top in the clubhouse, berating a reporter who questioned Myers' terminology.

      Usage notes

      * Over the top occurs only following a copula as the object of a sentence, as above, whereas

  • Over-the-top is used where the adjective occurs before the word it modifies, as
  • : He gave an over-the-top performance.


    * Inter: sense » bold, excessive, outrageous exaggerated, OTT


    Inter: trans-top » beyond normal, expected, or reasonable limits; excessive; exaggerated
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|přehnaný
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|übertrieben, Inter: t- » de|zu viel des Guten
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|претеран|m|tr=préteran

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|acima do limite (normal), Inter: t+ » pt|excessivo, Inter: t- » pt|em excesso, Inter: t+ » pt|exagerado
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|subido de tono|m
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|aşırı, Inter: t- » tr|fazladan, Inter: t+ » tr|haddinden fazla

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-adv » head=over the top
  • Inter: context » from World War One Over the parapet of a trench, especially at the start of a futile attack.
    1. : The men were sent over the top to their certain death.


      * "over the top" in the Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.

  • Translation: et » over the top
    Translation: fr » over the top
    Translation: io » over the top
    Translation: my » over the top