go to the well too many times

(redirected from one went to the well too many times)

go to the well too many times

To use, depend on, or draw from the same resource too many times, to the point of depleting or diminishing it. We've already had to rely on the community's generosity to help pay for Joshua's treatment several times in the past, so we're reluctant to go to the well too many times. The film franchise made its name with shocking imagery, but by its seventh entry, it had gone to the well too many times and fans were no longer impressed with what it had to offer.
See also: go, many, times, to, well
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.