Today’s Tid-Bit is another aphorism. Remember, those are those types of sayings that people often use as a piece of advice or as an annoying way of trying to tell you what to do… or worse yet, as a way of saying that you should have done something differently than you did.
. And today’s little saying is a way of telling someone (usually after it’s already too late) to not take on too much responsibility or to not do some act that is beyond the physical and/or mental capabilities of the person that the statement is directed to.
As there is only a certain amount that any one person (or animal) can “chew” – and if that person (or animal) then tries to “bite off” MORE than He or She can ACTUALLY put into His or Her mouth “chew”…
However… as with almost all aphorisms, this phrase is almost always used idiomatically, as mentioned above, to give the advice that…
And… If this advice is not heeded, then, though the outcome may not be terrible, it certainly will not be optimal… and you just might end up getting slammed on the hard concrete (figuratively and/or literally.)
Have An Excellent Day!