Idiom of the Week: “Bite off more than one can chew”


Something I feel that these idioms I am doing every week are now becoming a part of my life. I am always listening out for idioms on the radio, on the TV and in everyday life. It is surprising how many I hear or see in one day. Working in the educational sector is not really help; but it is good to find some useful idioms that I can share. This week’s idiom of the week comes from one of my current students; remember that the students I am currently working with are Deaf and the English language is particularly difficult for them to grasp. She said “I think that I have bitten off more than I can chew with this art project” I could not believe it! She said it perfectly and I knew that this would be this week’s idiom.

bite off more than one can chew – there are two meanings to this idiom:

1. to take a larger mouthful of food than one can chew easily or comfortably. I bit off more than I could chew, and nearly choked.
2. to take (on) more than one can deal with; to be overconfident.
(Sorry for the cute hamster picture; I am a bit of a fan when it comes to Hamsters!)