spread oneself too thin
To engage in so many activities that one can't perform any of them well: “Last semester, Pamela tried to play basketball, serve on the student council, and work at her father's store. She quickly discovered that she was spreading herself too thin.”
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Before anti-vaxxers, there were anti-fluoriders: a group who spread fear about the anti-tooth decay agent added to drinking water.
But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I remember H. Jon Benjamin told me it was a way-too-late apology for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Also, she was tall and thin, too, further adding to the ways she met the physical beauty conventions.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This has a warm though a thin soil, which must be highly favorable to the Vine to induce so exclusive a devotion to it.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
But hitherto, before these new ideas began to spread in our community, the mass of men and women definitely settled down.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The rapid spread of the revolt was not a whit less marvelous than its lack of method or cohesion.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The rebellion spread to their district, and many of the natives on and about the estate were eager to join in the movement.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
The spread of the holy gospel and uninterrupted preaching went on until the return of the ambassador.
Other Idioms and Phrases with spread oneself too thin
Overextend oneself, undertake too many different enterprises. For example, Tom's exhausted; what with work, volunteer activities, and social life he's spread himself too thin. This expression alludes to smearing something (like butter on bread) in such a thin layer that it does not cover the surface. Jonathan Swift used spread thin in a positive sense, that is, something should occur less often (Polite Conversation, 1731–1738): “They [polite speeches] ought to be husbanded better, and spread much thinner.”