over the top
- adj, advBritishoutrageous, bizarre, beyond the bounds of normal behaviour or decorum. The expression equally describes fury, extraordinary generosity or simple bad taste. It derives from the general idea of going 'off the scale', of being beyond measurable or acceptable limits, rein-forced perhaps by the use of the phrase in World War I to describe troops climb-ing out of the trenches to go into battle, hence throwing caution to the winds. Often abbreviated to O.T.T., the phrase was a vogue term in 1979.► There's no point in going over the top about someone like that.► Wearing that dress with those shoes is really over the top.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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