Surpassing a goal or quota, as in The new salesmen are excellent; they were over the top within the first six months. [Mid-1900s]
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How to use over the top in a sentence
We prefer to wave away the warning signs; like The Interview, Mulholland Drive was comfortably downplayed as over-the-top satire.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack | James Poulos | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Hollywood and over-the-top nuptials were a rare bit of good news for the world—and even for the striking workers of Venice.
A giant, over-the-top mess of contradictions and giddiness and mistakes and something weirdly pure and divine.
Well, this is over-the-top fake crying, so I was not actually crying, I have to admit.Kate McKinnon Is the Crazy Girlfriend You’ve Always Wanted | Kevin Fallon | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
While the report could be mistaken for a clever if over-the-top parody clip, it is not.Want a Good Look at Putin’s Pervy Propaganda? See ‘The Furies of Maidan’ | Cathy Young | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His excitement and dedication to the task were inspiring, pulling me into his over-the-top-and-damn-the-torpedoes mode of being.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom | Cory Doctorow