to go too far

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - go too far

"to go too far"

to do or say more than is socially acceptable


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go too far

A manager and subordinate are talking ...

Manager: You have really gone too far this time. I understand that you don't always agree with how I run this department and I can accept your criticism from time to time but going over my head and speaking to my boss about me is simply unacceptable.

Subordinate: In hindsight, I can see that. I apologize. It was wrong. It will never happen again.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go too far

A couple are talking ...

Husband: Do you think that maybe you have gone too far in indulging our son's fantasy about buried treasure?

Wife: Why would you say that?

Husband: The backyard is full of holes. Next thing we know, he will have a machine to dig holes. I am sure the neighbors are starting to wonder if we have gone a little crazy.

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to go too far - Gerund Form:

Going too far with his criticism of the boss, the man earned the disrespect of his colleagues.

to go too far - Examples:

1)  If you go too far, you can come off as insensitive, or make people uncomfortable. 

2)  When does that search go too far for you? Is it when they make you physically strip instead of doing it ...

3)  At some point, however, Bernanke will go too far and spook the foreign buyers. Then his game will be up.

4)  A four-team playoff doesn't go too far; it goes just the right amount.

5)  I can understand your opinion, but I suggest that folks that go too far with alcohol, marijuana or drugs are in need of other support.

6)  Thirty-nine percent say the law went too far in its attempts to reform the health care system.

7)  ... but this time he went too far when he made it perfectly clear that he does not respect me.

8)  If the court says the mandate is unconstitutional, that could mean Congress went too far in mandating commerce. 

9)  ... themselves some vigilante justice. They were thwarted in their efforts before it went too far

10)  Of course the nofollow is not beneficial to the Web. It went too far into sterilizing links. At first, goal was to combat spam, but greedy ...

11)  Women's lib has gone too far. It's destroying this nation.

12)  If things have gone too far and you are already involved in communications with a fraud operator or have sent money ...

13)  We are all American's. This political civil war has gone too far. It leaves our country weak.

14)  ... when they claim that non-essential opinions are essential truths, they've simply gone too far.

15)  This time, you've gone too far with your un-American crap. I'm going to hold your feet to the fire.

16)  This matter has gone too far. The critics show a lack of moral imagination.

17)  The network executive assigned to retool the show has gone too far with his changes, and Larry's agent betrays him.

18)  This obsession with thin and light has gone too far; there's a point when too thin and too light become problematic.

19)  Has the competitive culture of science gone too far? Join us as we try to unweave the web of scientific envy.

20)  The problem is that unions have gone too far and now have become the exploiters, demanding compensation far in excess of the value ...