idioms: Bite off more than you can chew

The day after Thanksgiving you may not want to think about eating, but…

Today’s idiom is:

BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW

If you sign up for too many activities, you may be biting off more than you can chew.

This idiom means: to try and do more than one has time or ability for

Versions of this idiom have been used in ancient China and Europe in the Middle Ages.  It comes from the idea that if you take a bite that’s too big for your mouth you won’t be able to chew it.

 

 

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