I have another question. While reading Stephen Hunter's POINT OF IMPACT, I ran across the phrase "off the charts".
Quote from the book:
"In the end, most men always act out of self-preservation. But these two don't care and won' act that way. It's a function of self-hatred so passionately held that it's off the charts."
I assume this is a "so ... that ..." construction, and "it" means "a function of self-hatred", and "off the charts" means "big". Please correct me if my assumption is wrong.
"off the charts" means super big, unbelievably big, so big that it can't be recorded on the charts.
My question is two-fold:
1) Is the phrase "off the charts" used commonly?
I'd say that it's fairly common, Tak.
2) Is it somehow related to "on the charts"?
I guess it is in the sense that those things that are on the charts aren't that big.
Any inputs would be welcome and appreciated.
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