be over the top

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be over the top

To be or be seen as excessive. A massive birthday party with princesses and pony rides is a little over the top for a one-year-old, don't you think? She hardly knew my grandfather, so her bawling at the funeral was definitely over the top. That movie was intentionally over the top, and I think it worked—especially when that guy fought the bear.
See also: top

be over the top

  (informal)
if someone's behaviour or something that has been used or provided is over the top, it is more extreme than is necessary or suitable
Usage notes: In British and Australian English, this phrase is often made into the abbreviation OTT.
I think pink champagne and caviar was a bit over the top for a twelve-year-old's birthday party. I know he was angry, but attacking the waiter was way over the top.
See also: top