carry (something) too far(redirected from carried it too far)
carry (something) too far
To do something, often some form of misbehavior, to an excessive degree. Well, your little brother is crying now because you carried your teasing too far.
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carry too far
Also, carry to excess. Extend too much in a single direction, as in One can carry the concept of mercy too far; these young thugs should be punished, or Humor in a sermon can be carried to excess. [Early 1700s]
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carry/take something too, etc. ˈfarcontinue doing something beyond reasonable limits: Of course we should show him respect, but I think expecting us to stand up whenever he walks into the room is taking things a bit far.
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