If you “bit off more than you can chew” you have probably taken on too many responsibilities. Just as it’s had to chew if you have too much food in your mouth, it can be hard to accomplish something if you’re overburdened with work or have overestimated your abilities. Example: Between her courses and work schedule, Sophia bit off more than she could chew when she volunteered to organize the fundraiser. * This video is part of an ongoing series, produced by the University Writing Center at Texas A&M. The project is intended to help students understand the meaning of popular American idioms and appreciate the use of figurative language.