- The definition of over the top refers to something that is taken to excess and may be considered outrageous.
- An example of over the top is when your husband takes you out on a great romantic night that was way better than you were hoping for, getting you lots of flowers and candy and presents.
- An example of over the top is an ugly dress you have to wear as a bridesmaid that has tons and tons of pearls and feathers and frills.
over-the-top definition by Webster's New World
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so unconventional, exaggerated, or excessive as to be considered outrageous, unbelievable, ridiculous, etc.
over-the-top definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Exceeding the normal bounds; immoderate; extravagant: “The hotel pours it on. You're in for an over-the-top experience” (Travel & Leisure).
over-the-top - Phrases/Idioms
Surpassing a goal or quota, as in The new salesmen are excellent; they were over the top within the first six months. [Mid-1900s]
Over the parapet of a military trench, as in The lieutenant sent fresh troops over the top. This usage dates from World War I.
Extreme, outrageous, as in This comedian's style goes over the top. [Slang; late 1900s]