“Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew!”


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.

And What About This Aphorism?

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”

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…then that person (or animal) will end up in a difficult situation and/or will end-up wasting what-ever it is that He or She is chewing. 

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Um… Dude… That’s a gigantic hot-dog and a baby bird… those two things do not go together!

However… as with almost all aphorisms, this phrase is almost always used idiomatically, as mentioned above, to give the advice that…

“One should not accept or take-on more than He or She has the capacity and ability to handle at any given moment in time, or in any specific situation”

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.)

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This skinny little punk “Bit Off More Than He Could Chew” when He decided to mess with the nice kid who others made fun of all the time…  well… that was, at least, until this happened. 😎

See Also:  (to) “Ask For It” 

Have An Excellent Day!





The Teacher

The Man Known As "The Teacher" is the creator of - administrator for - and sole content contributor to - all that is GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!,  as well as a being a TEFL certified English teacher A Master of Ninja Invisibility and Jedi Mind Tricks, AND has a secret under-ground UFO bunker and Mad Scientist's Laboratory hidden deep in The Balkans where he currently resides with his beautiful wife and the formerly-homeless monkeys that have infested his apartment. He is also a Gemini and so is his evil twin ;)

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  1. July 30, 2016


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