Famous Sayings #134 — ‘Bite Off More Than You Can Chew’

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This is a phrase that I can relate to. I’m sure others can, too, because there are times when we try to do too much and get stressed out as a result.

What Are You Doing When You ‘Bite Off More Than You Can Chew’?

When you bite off more than you can chew, you make take on more work than you can possibly do (at a given time), make a promise that you cannot keep, or attempt to do something which is otherwise impossible to do. The work cannot be done because the task is too large, you have taken on too many tasks, you have been assigned a task they don’t have the skill to do adequately, or the deadline for an assignment doesn’t give you enough time to properly complete their task. The bottom line is you are overwhelmed because you have assumed (or have been assigned) too many responsibilities. Thus, any work you do when be substandard or you might end up finishing none of your tasks.

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