over the edge


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over the edge

1. Beyond a certain limit, threshold, goal, or quota. I was already thinking about buying the new car, but having a test drive in one pushed me over the edge. Mrs. Patterson's generous donation has put us over the edge to reach our $1 million goal!
2. Into a state of emotional instability. I think all the pressures at work and at home have tipped John over the edge.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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