a bridge too far

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In reference to Operation Market Garden, Allied airborne military operation of 1944.

Noun[edit]

a bridge too far (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A step or action that is too ambitious; an act of overreaching.
    • 2006, Adair Broughton, Crossing the Bridge of Infinity, page 40:
      Cloning was an interesting concept. Cloning body parts was again just man's search for immortality riding on the back of naive altruistic medicinal benevolence. But cloning a person was a bridge too far.