To bite off more than you can chew 不自量力

更新時間 2012年 10月 19日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間14:14
A crocodile eats meat in a pond in San Manuel.

A crocodile eats meat in a pond in San Manuel. Photo: Orlando Sierra/AFP


Each crocodile has 24 teeth in its powerful jaws, which are constantly replaced throughout its life. However, these teeth are designed to grab and crush prey, rather than chew it. The reptiles swallow stones, which grind up food in their stomachs.

每條鱷魚在它強有力的下顎內都藏著24顆牙齒。這些牙齒在其整個生命中不斷更新。然而, 這些牙齒完全是用來撲捉和粉碎獵物的,不是用來咀嚼的。這種爬行動物往往吞石下肚,然後靠這些石頭來幫助磨碎胃中食物。


如果說你 bite off more than you can chew, 意思就是你不自量力,承擔超過自己所能勝任的事情。


I have bitten off more than I can chew by taking on this extra work – I don't think I'll get it finished on time.

David and Sarah planned to completely renovate their house by themselves. In the end, they bit off more than they could chew and had to pay builders to finish it.

Thanks for offering to babysit AND cook dinner for us, but don't bite off more than you can chew.


英語中的另一個同鱷魚相關的短語是crocodile tears 相當於漢語中的鱷魚眼淚,假慈悲。

Louise is crying in the corner because she says the boss upset her – don't pay any attention to her, though – they're just crocodile tears.


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