bite off more than one can chew

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Verb[edit]

bite off more than one can chew

  1. (idiomatic) To try to do too much; to take on or attempt more than one is capable of doing.
    I think I bit off more than I could chew when I agreed to paint this house by myself.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often used as a caution, "don't bite off more than you can chew".

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