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over the top



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over the top
     1. adj. Bold; beyond normal, expected, or reasonable limits; outrageous.
           He has always had an independent style, but don't you think purple spiky hair is a bit over the top?
     2. adj. (communications) Delivered across the Internet to a television or similar device.
     3. adv. (from World War One) Over the parapet of a trench, especially at the start of a futile attack.
           The men were sent over the top to their certain death.
Analysis
over
     1. adj. Discontinued; ended or concluded.
           The show is over.
     2. adv. Thoroughly; completely; from beginning to end.
           Let's talk over the project at tomorrow's meeting.
           Let me think that over.
the
     1. art. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already
           I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.)
           The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.)
           The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
     2. art.          Used before a noun modified by a restrictive relative clause, indicating that the noun refers to a single referent defined by the relative clause.
top
     1. n. The highest or uppermost part of something.
           His kite got caught at the top of the tree.
     2. n.          (irrespective of present orientation) the part of something that is usually the top.
                   We flipped the machine onto its top.
     3. n.          The uppermost part of a page, picture, viewing screen, etc.

Example Sentences

In this scene, there should be a grate over the top half of the window. 
In other countries with supreme courts, the chief justice presides over the top court. 

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