more than one bargained for

An unexpected outcome, especially an unfavorable one, as in Serving on the board this year has involved more work than I bargained for. This expression alludes to a higher than anticipated cost for a transaction. [Mid-1800s]


Nearby words

  1. more or less,
  2. more power to someone,
  3. more sinned against than sinning,
  4. more sol.,
  5. more than meets the eye,
  6. more than one can shake a stick at,
  7. more than one way to skin a cat,
  8. more the merrier, the,
  9. more things in heaven and earth, horatio,
  10. more, hannah

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