too much of a good thing

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - too much of a good thing

"too much of a good thing"

so much of something good that it becomes negative or detrimental


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - too much of a good thing

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Orders have flooded in so quickly over the last several months that for the factory to keep up production, quality has suffered. Now we are starting to get a lot of returns and customer complaints.

Colleague 2: I suppose that proves the old adage that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Colleague 1: Sure. The huge increase in sales meant a huge increase in profit but if we lose customers in the long-term, we will actually lose money.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - too much of a good thing

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: The weather has been absolutely awesome for weeks and weeks and not a storm in sight for weeks more. We should have perfect weather for our kayaking trip.

Friend 2: Have you ever heard the expression too much of a good thing?

Friend 1: Sure. Why?

Friend 2: Well, with the absence of any rain for so long, the river we were planning to kayak has dried up to the point were it is no longer navigable.

Friend 1: That's not good.

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too much of a good thing - Gerund Form:

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too much of a good thing - Examples:

1)  Way, way too much of a good thing. You've got to split this into more easily accessible parts.

2)  But, alas, there can be too much of a good thing. It's bothersome when you tweet 17 pictures of your dog or your baby ...

3)  The researchers concluded that with student choice, "too much of a good thing may not be very good at all".

4)  ... because the adage that it's possible to have too much of a good thing applies to weather too. Good weather makes us put on our sunglasses and avoid ...

5)  But taste is not so simple: super-taste may be too much of a good thing, causing those who have it to avoid bitter compounds and find some spicy foods intolerable.

6)  ... your mind is on high alert. However, too much of a good thing could be a problem today, so practice moderation ...

7)  You put all this together, and it becomes too much of a good thing. Too much of the same kind of music, same tempo, same dynamic ...

8)  When it comes to healthy habits, can there be too much of a good thing? Absolutely. Eating wholesome foods helps keep you healthy, but overeating will make ...

9)  Think of it like your own blood pressure. Too much of a good thing is, well, bad. Excess pressure can cause pipe leaks, burst washing-machine ...

10)  You can have too much of a good thing. The most obvious things are food and alcohol, an excess of either can be harmful.

11)  However, as with too much of a good thing, you can overdose if you try to read the whole anthology in one sitting.

12)  You can have too much of a good thing, by over-saturating the demand for it and removing the rarity and anticipation that made ...

13)  All digital all the time may be too much of a good thing. Can we survive the deluge?

14)  This topic might be called "too much of a good thing?". As other have already noted, mimicry aids conformity but inhibits creativity ...

15)  Another is that it clearly describes in humorous anecdotes why too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

16)  I finished that tour and had to stop. Too much of a good thing. Even other people's music turns me off when I am like this.

17)  Too much of a good thing usually has some consequences and green tea is no exception.

18)  Realizing the risk of "too much of a good thing," I think I will put the eraser down for now.

19)  It's possible to have too much of a good thing, and that's especially true when the holiday season begins.

20)  Alberta now suffers from too much of a good thing or what some wags call "the paradox of plenty."