over the top

This page is about the idiom over the top.

Meaning: You can say something is over the top if you think it's too extreme or it's more than a situation needs or deserves.

For example:

  • I know you love your daughter, Bill, but don't you think giving her a Ferrari for her birthday was a bit over the top?

  • After he'd calmed down, Brad admitted that punching the photographer and smashing his camera was a little over the top.

Quick Quiz:

Some people thought the wedding was over the top, but I think it's alright to

a. get married in a neighbourhood church

b. get married in a medieval castle

c. get married in a public park

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Contributor: Matt Errey