over-the-top

adjective

Definition of over-the-top

: extremely or excessively flamboyant or outrageous an over-the-top performance

First Known Use of over-the-top

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of over-the-top was in 1984

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“Over-the-top.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/over-the-top. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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over-the-top

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of over-the-top

informal : going beyond what is expected, usual, normal, or appropriate : excessive or exaggerated

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