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

Examples of over-the-top in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That could include offering over-the-top testimonials to their legitimacy and to the quality of the products. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 In 2011, Tyler called him into an unexpected meeting with Adult Swim, which ended with the creation of Loiter Squad, an over-the-top sketch-comedy series involving gags, original characters, and celebrity parodies. Lawrence Burney, Vulture, 5 June 2024 Underneath all the spandex and over-the-top production numbers is a sincere film that cares as much about sharing the joy of music as satirizing its ostentatious performance. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 4 June 2024 The series demanded over-the-top animation, not authenticity. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for over-the-top 

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of over-the-top was in 1980

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“Over-the-top.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/over-the-top. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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