go to the well too often

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go to the well too often

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 often. The film franchise made its name with shocking imagery, but by its seventh entry, it had gone to the well too often and fans were no longer impressed with what it had to offer.
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go to the well too often

Keep calling on the same resource after it has been exhausted. This expression is a modern version of an ancient proverb, appearing in various ways and numerous languages from the fourteenth century on. Thomas Fuller (Gnomologia, 1732) put it, “The pitcher that often goes to the well comes home broken at last.”
See also: go, often, to, well
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