(one's) eyes are bigger than (one's) stomach

(one's) eyes are bigger than (one's) stomach

1. One has taken more food than one is actually capable of eating My eyes are always bigger than my stomach when I go to all-you-can-eat buffets! Can't finish your meal, huh? I guess your eyes were bigger than your stomach!
2. One has taken on more than one can reasonably handle. Your eyes are bigger than your stomach if you think you can get all this work done by the end of the week.
See also: big, eye, stomach

eyes are bigger than one's stomach, one's

Someone wants more than he or she can handle, as in He's thinking of acquiring a third business, but we think his eyes are bigger than his stomach . This expression alludes to someone taking more food than he or she can digest. [Late 1500s]
See also: big, eye

your ˌeyes are bigger than your ˈstomach

(informal, humorous) used to say that somebody has been greedy by taking more food than they can eat: Can’t you finish your food? Your eyes are bigger than your stomach!
See also: big, eye, stomach
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