spread thin

spread (oneself) thin

To engage in too many tasks or responsibilities to do all of them properly; to overextend oneself. I'm sorry, but I can't take on another tutoring job this semester—I've already spread myself thin.
See also: spread, thin

spread (oneself) thin

To work on too many projects: overextend oneself.
See also: spread, thin
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In general, he believes that the government, through the unit, should focus on critical areas before branching off to other areas of concern, warning that resources should not be spread thin.
largely unopposed by law enforcement officers who were spread thin over vast territories.
IT budgets are being spread thin across a host of new technology domains, not to mention on the upgrade and maintenance of existing investments.
This creates a high demand for video produc- tion, which in turn demands that the production budget be spread thin over all these videos.
While it's tempting for exporters who are spread thin in multiple markets to try and scale through distribution deals, you have to maintain a direct online relationship with customers to understand changing preferences and learn from feedback.
ISIL militants are now spread thin across three dynamic fronts, forcing militants in Mosul to gradually pull back into the city's urban warrens.
The rights movement doesn't have a billionaire sugar daddy like Bloomberg, and while the NRA is well-funded, it does much more than lobbying and elections, and those efforts are spread thin across all 50 states.
Rather than spread thin limited resources, Planning Commission must prioritize three or four sectors for funding so that projects do not have a throw forward of more than three years (other than for operational reasons).
Security forces, spread thin on the ground, have not been able to hold on to the nearly 30,000 hectares of pistachio in Badghis and 13,000 hectares in Herat.
PASYDY, however, had warned that its members were spread thin and exhausted.
shelf space is diminished and distributors' portfolios are spread thin.
He's spread thin, but I would liked to have seen him sooner.
A relatively small unit, the QF is spread thin in theaters of conflict across the region, from Afghanistan to Lebanon.
In response to Indian Army heavy concentration in selected battle zones, Pakistani forces were spread thin and stretched over hundreds of miles long border.
McEwen said that there appears to be a "significant volume" of water, speculating it could fill many Olympic swimming pools, but that it is spread thin over a wide area.