over the edge


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over the edge

Fig. excessive; out of control. His performance was over the edge. Too long, too dirty, and too loud!
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over the edge

into a condition of extreme emotional or mental suffering I worry that someone as upset as she is could easily be pushed over the edge and cause herself great harm.
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over the edge

Insane, as in I think he's gone over the edge. This expression alludes to the edge of sanity. [1920s]
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References in classic literature ?
Dorothy stretched out a hand to him and Zeb put one foot out and let it rest in the air a little over the edge of the roof.
Making his fast behind mine I started my engine, and skimming over the edge of the roof I dove down into the streets of the city far below the plane usually occupied by the air patrol.
Each small portion he examined sharply, so that his eyes saw every grain of it before he allowed it to slide over the edge and away.
One man dropped with a bullet in his brain; a sword flew clattering across the deck and dropped over the edge beyond as I disarmed one of my opponents and the third went down with my blade buried to the hilt in his breast and three feet of it protruding from his back, and falling wrenched the sword from my grasp.
So it was that I remained hidden until after Thurid had disappeared over the edge of the steep bank beside the sea a quarter of a mile away.
Three archers he slew in three giant strokes, but Sir Oliver flung his arms round him, and the two, staggering and straining, reeled backwards and fell, locked in each other's grasp, over the edge of the steep cliff which flanked the hill.
It took two of them to lever that tree over the edge.
With difficulty Baynes turned himself over on his belly and grasping his revolver in his right hand drew himself up until he could look over the edge of the canoe.
To run my hand along the Chain, when found, until I come to the part of it which stretches over the edge of the rocks, down into the quicksand.