from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being of a size or scope that is greater than usual; unusually large or extensive: overscale furniture; an overscaled jacket.

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  • adj. Out of scale; much too large for the context in which it exists


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over- +‎ scale


  • That's due to a variety of factors, including fewer movies, TV work shifting to AFTRA and a new ad contract that cuts so-called "overscale" contributions for top paid actors.

  • The new 165,000-square-foot building is the latest in a series of expansions to the VMFA's prim 1936 building, a brick-and-limestone pile in the Georgian style, fronted by a classical pediment and an entryway that immediately requires visitors to ascend a pompously overscale staircase.

    Rick Mather's design elevates Richmond museum's dour 1930s architecture

  • Although this is not discussed publicly, about half the musicians earn overscale.


  • They tell us the plan is to hold salaries flat for overscale people, and hang on to as much of the crew as they can.

    Studio Merry-Go-Round

  • The big, overscale deals that happened at DreamWorks Animation and elsewhere in the nineties?

    DreamWorks Rolls Out Schedule

  • As to the obese, my question has always been why did they not diet when they were 20 pounds overscale instead of letting the problem worsen to 50 pounds?

    The Ups and Downs of Weight-Loss Surgery - Freakonomics Blog -

  • And, since Palin seems partial to bright colors, why not accent the nature scene with a big overscale modern chair like the womb chair in a bright color.

    Shawn Henderson: Palin on the Bearskin

  • It seems he had negotiated his overscale rate several years previously, when he may well have been the highest-paid at his studio.


  • Which means that overscale employees who shift from the forty-hour week to the forty-five hour week, yet still get the same weekly pay, are going to see their vacation checks shrink because those checks are based on forty hours, and their hourly rate has been cut.

    Vacation Pay

  • At last night's membership meeting, we discussed that as more and more of us find ourselves working at minimum scale or less, it's important for members to know what the union minimum is for their category -- yes, even if they're making overscale.



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