more than you bargained for

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - more than you bargained for

"more than you bargained for"

more than you expected, usually with a negative connotation


Related words and phrases:

Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - more than you bargained for

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Well, you finally got the manager's position. Are you happy?

Colleague 2: I really thought it was what I wanted but I think that I may have gotten more than I bargained for?

Colleague 1: Is it not what you expected?

Colleague 2: The salary and authority are about what I expected but all the managerial details that I knew nothing about are taking up the majority of my time and they are not the most enjoyable aspect of the job.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - more than you bargained for

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What's troubling you?

Friend 2: I agreed to join a book club because the saleswoman said I didn't have to buy any book I didn't want, but I was shocked when I learned I had to spend a certain amount of money every month. It was more of a commitment than I bargained for.

Friend 1: I guess it's a case of buyer beware. It is always good to get the complete details before committing to anything.

Test Your Understanding  

more than you bargained for - Usage:


Usage Frequency Index:   381   click for frequency by country

more than you bargained for - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for more than you bargained for.

more than you bargained for - Examples:

1)  ... young man who sets out looking for adventure, gets far more adventure than he bargained for and, in the process, finds out who he really is.

2)  ... aware of a few things and it opened the door to more honesty than I bargained for. We didn't fight but we did discover a few things about how ...

3)  ... she uncovers more secrets than she bargained for. Has she been wrong to trust those closest to her?

4)  Hence, you'll get more information than you bargained for. Programmers love to pass knowledge on, especially stuff that works and has ...

5)  ... to resubmit her article... as a boy. But Terry gets more than she bargained for when she finds herself fending off a bully and the advances of an oversexed ...

6)  ... stop at nothing to win back his wife, he signs up for more than he bargained for and one by one his bungled plans descend into comedic chaos!

7)  ... cocktail waitresses to clean up a drug infested club, but get more than they bargained for when their fellow waitress turns out to be the girlfriend of a vicious criminal ...

8)  But they got a lot more than they bargained for. The picture got more than 110,000 likes, and 100,000 shares in a ...

9)  The three-time defending singles champion got more than he bargained for during a two-hour first-round battle with Hopkins sophomore Manfred Barrios.

10)  ... at my local bookstore. To say the least, I got more than I bargained for -- an emotional connection with a brave and inspirational author, a great respect ...

11)  They both got more than they bargained for in the end and came up against a rather large and intimidating alien species.

12)  But when the two men started brainstorming Stephen got more than he bargained for, as Luntz challenged him on a variety of topics.

13)  I can honestly say that the younger 3 are more than I bargained for at times BUT I would not trade them for the world.

14)  ... skills to investigate and hack into some systems, he finds much more than he bargained for, and danger may be closer than he thinks.

15)  It always turns out to be more complicated than we bargained for. Of course, replacing the flooring means we are also replacing the ...

16)  As usual he gets more than he bargained for, including having to rebuild and re-shingle an entire roof while dealing with temperatures ...

17)  And I always give my clients more than they bargained for. And I deliver really solid, consistent results.

18)   You're clearly overqualified. The boss who hires you will be getting more than they bargained for.

19)  But the guys find more than they bargained for when they uncover an alien plot to destroy Earth, and now these bumbling ...

20)  ... rescue a newly orphaned child do they realize they got a lot more than they bargained for when they discover the child is actually a baby shape shifter.