eyes are bigger than one's stomach, one's

Someone wants more than he or she can handle, as in He's thinking of acquiring a third business, but we think his eyes are bigger than his stomach. This expression alludes to someone taking more food than he or she can digest. [Late 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. eyen,
  2. eyeopener,
  3. eyepiece,
  4. eyepit,
  5. eyes,
  6. eyes front,
  7. eyes in the back of one's head, have,
  8. eyes left,
  9. eyes open, with,
  10. eyes right

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