(to be) too big for your britches

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - too big for your britches

"(to be) too big for your britches"

someone thinks that they are more powerful or important than they actually are


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - too big for your britches

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you quite sure that you are ready for a promotion? You've only been with the company just over a year.

Colleague 2:  Of course.  I know everything there is to know already.

Colleague 1:  How would you manage if one of the current suppliers went out of business?

Colleague 2:  I'm not sure.

Colleague 1:  And if you caught a subordinate having an affair with a co-worker?

Colleague 2: I have no clue.

Colleague 1:  Perhaps you a little too big for your britches for a promotion just now.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - too big for your britches

An actor and her agent are talking ...

Agent:  You've been offered two million dollars for your next movie.

Actor:  That's not enough.

Agent:  It is an extremely generous offer. You have, after all, only been in one major movie, albeit a success.

Actor:  I am the best. I deserve far more than two million.

Agent:  Don't get too big for your britches. You could end up with no offers.

(to be) too big for your britches - Usage:


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(to be) too big for your britches - Gerund Form:

Being too big for your britches will not win you the kind regards of your boss.

(to be) too big for your britches - Examples:

1)  ... or mockery to puncture the Doctor's ego when he gets too big for his britches.

2)  But like many successful sportsman, he became too big for his britches I think and it shows by how many mistakes he made last year. 

3)  When an entrepreneur gets too big for his britches the Chinese crack down, give his business to a favoured supporter of the party.

4)  ... he just has a bad attitude and temperament, he got too big for his britches and was sent packing.

5)  ... quickly that there are some who think he's now much too big for his britches. That is, he is very conceited, acts self-important and is overly ambitious ...

6)  ... and if a celebrity appears too big for their britches we're happy to rip them to shreds too just to remind them that they ...

7)  The Tigers players are approachable and don't think they are too big for their britches.

8)  Dive operator attached to hotel - dangerous instructors! Too big for their britches, too macho, literally jumped in and swam down before anyone else left the ...

9)  Have scientists got too big for their britches? Will their hubris bring Nemesis in due course? What horrors will come creeping ...

10)  ... sometimes the international community gets a bit too big for their britches and need to get put back in their place.

11)  Business is getting too big for its britches. So long as the government does its bidding then everything's OK.

12)  Mr B. Apple is getting too big for its britches and showing contempt for customers.

13)  It seems to me that Lewes is getting too big for its britches trying to cut itself off from everybody else in some sort of Lewes' cult.

14)  There are unstated fears that the army is getting too big for its britches. The truth is that the army has already taken over this nation.

15)  When Germany gets too big for its britches, we always automatically add allies.

16)  1 1/2 years of service but shame on you for getting too big for your britches and demanding a move after just giving us 5 1/2 years of service in the ...

17)  ... it's because you're too big for your britches, despoil our high streets and blackmail your suppliers. No other retailer can do ...

18)  Are you telling me you are too big for your britches now for this type of handling?

19)  Don't become arrogant or too big for your britches. Be humble and remember to willingly take advice from other people or clients who ...

20)  ... and will be sure to tell you if you are getting too big for your britches. Their honestly can be brutal, but almost always beneficial.