over the top


over the top
   1. obsolete
   attacking an enemy from a trench
   First World War usage. The top was the parapet of the trench over which the attackers climbed: and to go over the top was to risk being killed or maimed:
    Darling, you can't really imagine ONE going over the top? (N. Mitford, 1960 — a man was explaining why he declined to participate in the Second World War)
   2. achieving sexual orgasm
   Usually of a female:
    She made love to herself on the bath mat... She always felt awful afterwards... especially when she took herself... 'Over the Top'. (M. McCarthy, 1963)

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