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Over the top

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December 15th, 2009

This phrase is of British origin and began during World War I in reference to a soldier leaping from the safety of his trench and charging the enemy without cover. Facing lines of machine guns capable of filling the air with lead, this was often a suicidal decision--hence the phrase s modern reference to foolish or extreme behavior. "Lenny Bruce was a wonderful entertainer, but his monologues were occasionally over the top."