Definition of bite off more than one can chew in English:

bite off more than one can chew

phrase

  • Take on a commitment one cannot fulfil.

    ‘serves him right for biting off more than he could chew’
    • ‘One way to check whether you're being realistic is to ask close friends who can be honest and candid with you about whether you're biting off more than you can chew.’
    • ‘If you're hoofing or riding roundtrip, don't bite off more than you can chew.’
    • ‘There is always the danger of biting off more than you can chew; of going out to save the world before even beginning to save yourself and the people around you.’
    • ‘The problem isn't tennis; it's biting off more than you can chew and trying to swallow it in one big gulp.’
    • ‘‘Boy,’ snickered one of the councilors, ‘despite your victory against Ignus, I think you're biting off more than you can chew here.’’
    • ‘Tell them that you were just anxious to be as open as possible and maybe you bit off more than you could chew.’
    • ‘While biting off more than one can chew is arduous, the practice concept is necessary.’
    • ‘So be there six sharp - make your own forensic analysis, bite off more than you can chew and catch some local talent at the same time.’
    • ‘Jack joked about biting off more than you can chew, and held out a smaller hand than Carol's.’
    • ‘Don't bite off more than you can chew.’