Definition of only so much in English:

only so much

phrase

  • A limited amount.

    ‘there is only so much you can do to protect yourself’
    • ‘There's only so much the leader of the free world can do in the event of a crisis.’
    • ‘However, there is only so much that can be achieved through coaching alone.’
    • ‘If people are willing to die in order to kill others, there is only so much that can be done to stop them.’
    • ‘The council can do only so much - it has limited staff and cleaning up careless waste costs money.’
    • ‘There is only so much space that these towns can dedicate to car parking.’
    • ‘Imagine you're a newspaper editor - there's only so much that you can say about the acts that will be on.’
    • ‘There is only so much battering, criticism and friendlessness any institution can take before it breaks.’
    • ‘Oh sure I have friends who care, but there is only so much people want to hear about this.’
    • ‘There is only so much advice, persuasion and goodwill a friend can give.’
    • ‘There's only so much enjoyment a film can give me when I feel no sympathy whatsoever for its characters.’