spread too thin

(redirected from spreading herself too thin)

spread (something or oneself) too thin

To expend more time, resources, or energy than one can maintain or sustain; to undertake too many activities at the same time. Between school, work, and volunteering, I've just been spreading myself a bit too thin lately. I know you're eager to branch out across the state, but we have to be careful not to spread our team too thin.
See also: spread, thin

spread too thin

Having expended more resources, energy, or time than one can maintain or sustain; overwhelmed by undertaking too many activities at the same time. Between school, work, and volunteering, I'm just spread a bit too thin lately. The injury-plagued team was simply spread too thin by the end of the seven-game series.
See also: spread, thin

spread oneself too thin

Fig. to do so many things at one time that you can do none of them well. It's a good idea to get involved in a lot of activities, but don't spread yourself too thin. I'm too busy these days. I'm afraid I've spread myself too thin.
See also: spread, thin

spread oneself too thin

Overextend oneself, undertake too many different enterprises. For example, Tom's exhausted; what with work, volunteer activities, and social life he's spread himself too thin . This expression alludes to smearing something (like butter on bread) in such a thin layer that it does not cover the surface. Jonathan Swift used spread thin in a positive sense, that is, something should occur less often ( Polite Conversation, 1731-1738): "They [polite speeches] ought to be husbanded better, and spread much thinner."
See also: spread, thin
References in periodicals archive ?
The beautiful actress adopted daughter Naleigh from South Korea in 2009 and admitted she worries about spreading herself too thin.
She might be spreading herself too thin, if brand experts are to be believed.
Some wonder if she's spreading herself too thin to emerge in the public mind as a leading voice on those topics.
She seems unfazed about spreading herself too thin, even as she shares herself with two communities halfway across the world from each other.
Here and there "Flesh and Blood" suggests, that Tom risks spreading herself too thin in caring for so many special-needs children.