So as to reach or surpass the maximum level; to an extreme or intense degree.
- ‘turn the volume up to eleven’
- ‘I like my art cranked up to eleven’
- ‘He only really had one character - himself turned up to eleven.’
- ‘Slip the disc into your player and turn the volume up to eleven.’
- ‘Every plot is turned up to eleven, as it were.’
- ‘If you played one of the past games in the series, imagine one of them cranked up to eleven.’
- ‘It followed the existential/kickass pattern of the first movie, with each cranked up to eleven.’
- ‘His band's amps went up to eleven.’
- ‘The drama has been amped up to eleven.’
- ‘This type of condescension is cranked up to eleven here - there's no room for even a hint of interpretation.’
- ‘Turn that stereo up to eleven, close your eyes, and pray for some live dates soon.’
- ‘Not for the faint-hearted, this wine has the flavour turned up to eleven.’
1984 coined in the film comedy This is Spinal Tap, with reference to a rock guitarist whose amplifier's volume control goes up to eleven rather than the usual ten.
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