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bite off more than one can chew

Definition of bite off more than one can chew

informal

  1. :  to try to do too much :  to take on more responsibility than one can handle <I really bit off more than I could chew when I took on this project.>



Word by Word Definitions

biteplay
  1. :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound

    :  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis

    :  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon

  1. :  the act of biting

    :  the manner of biting

    :  occlusion

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

moreplay
  1. :  greater

    :  additional, further

  1. :  in addition

    :  moreover

  1. :  a greater quantity, number, or amount

    :  something additional :  an additional amount

    :  persons of higher rank

  1. :  additional persons or things or a greater amount

  1. :  know, understand

    :  to be able to do, make, or accomplish

    :  to have knowledge or skill

  1. : :  a usually cylindrical receptacle:

    :  a vessel for holding liquids

    :  a drinking vessel

  1. :  to put in a can :  preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

    :  to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

    :  to hit (a shot) in basketball

  1. : canceled; cancellation

    : cannon

    : canto

chewplay
  1. :  to crush, grind, or gnaw (as food) with or as if with the teeth :  masticate

    :  to injure, destroy, or consume as if by chewing

    :  to chew something

  1. :  the act of chewing

    :  something for chewing


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