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spread oneself too thin

spread oneself too thin in Culture

spread oneself too thin definition


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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spread oneself thin

verb phrase

To attempt more than one can do; strain one's resources: It's a good idea to get involved in a lot of activities, but don't spread yourself too thin (1960s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with spread oneself too thin
ought to be husbanded better, and spread much thinner.”
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