to bite off more than you can chew

Idiom Definition

"to bite off more than you can chew"

to attempt to do more than you are capable of doing;

to accept more responsibility than you can handle

Idiom Definition - to bite off more than you can chew


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to bite off more than you can chew

Richard is sitting at his desk in his home office one Monday morning.  He is wondering to himself how he became so busy since he retired.  Richard is trying to make his schedule for the coming week.  Richard volunteers for three different charities.  He also edits a writing publication and Richard has taken on the roll of Chief Returning Officer for the upcoming federal election.  This job requires him to work twelve hours a day every day.  Richard has taken on a lot of responsibilities ...

Do you think Richard has bitten off more than he can chew?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to bite off more than you can chew

Bernie has been called into his professor's office again. It seems that Bernie failed the professor's course this semester. Bernie had needed to get an 88% on his final exam to pass. Bernie only achieved a 75% on his final exam. Bernie and his professor are talking ...

Professor:  Hello Bernie.  I'm sorry that I have to see you again.

Bernie:  I'm sorry, professor.  I tried as hard as I could.

Professor:  What seems to be the problem?

Bernie:  Well, sir, I decided to take a full course load and I have a part-time job.  I also play hockey and am on the debate team.

Professor:  Do you think that you may have bitten off more than you can chew?

Bernie:  Maybe.  I will see what I can do to adjust my workload.

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to bite off more than you can chew - Gerund Form:

Biting off more than you can chew can cause a great deal of stress.

to bite off more than you can chew - Examples:

1)  I bite off more than I can chew when there is just too much work to do.

2)  You bite off more than you can chew when you think you can do more than you actually can.

3)  He bites off more than he can chew in an attempt to impress his boss.

4)  She bites off more than she can chew when she accepts too many responsibilities.

5)  The government bites off more than it can chew when it tries to tax big business.

6)  We bite off more than we can chew when we decide to have two practices every day.

7)  You (all) bite off more than you (all) can chew when you (all) feel the need to accomplish too many tasks in too short a time.

8) They bite off more than they can chew when they think they have more time to finish all the tasks than there really is time.

9)  Don't bite off more than you can chew. Your learning should come first. 

10)  Don't bite off more than you can chew. # The game to improving your credit is a tricky one at best. 

11)  Don't bite off more than you can chew. Choose a goal that you have an excellent chance of achieving.

12)  It seems as if he's bitten off more than he can chew. He's repeatedly blown past deadlines and submission dates. 

13)  He is scared to death that he's bitten off more than he can chew.

14)  I'm still a feeling that Microsoft have bitten off more than they can chew here and the switching between Metro and the traditional desktop is horribly jarring and inconsistent.

15)  Biting off more than you can chew when it comes to trading can be a bad strategy.

16)  Make sure you are not biting off more than you can chew according to your resources and ambitions.

17)  This should reduce their tendency to bite off more than they can chew in terms of technological development.

18)  A lot of resolutions fail because people bite off more than they can chew.

19)  I get easily frustrated and I mentally bite off more than I can chew. Then I get upset when I have to pare things back. 

20)  I would say my worst quality is sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I love being involved in things, but sometimes I overwhelm myself.