too something by half

too (something) by half

Far too something; more something than is necessary. Used in the form, "too (something) by half." Primarily heard in UK. Liam is too clever by half, winning every debate he gets into. That child is too noisy by half!
See also: half

too — by half

used to emphasize something bad. British
1994 Independent on Sunday The idea that moving a few pot plants around a room can bring its occupant prosperity and well-being…seems too superstitious by half.
See also: half, something