Idioms

    spread oneself thin, to carry on so many projects simultaneously that none is done adequately, or that one's health suffers: Many college students spread themselves thin by taking on too many activities during the semester.

Origin of spread

1150–1200; Middle English spreden (v.), Old English sprǣdan; cognate with Middle Dutch spreden, German spreiten
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spread

/ (sprɛd) /

verb spreads, spreading or spread

noun

adjective

Derived Formsspreadability, nounspreadable, adjective

Word Origin for spread

Old English sprǣdan; related to Old High German spreiten to spread, Old Lithuanian sprainas stiff
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