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Idioms

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