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eyes are bigger than one's stomach

Submitted by xy on 2022-08-28
  • Idiom: eyes are bigger than one's stomach
  • Language: English
  • Explained meaning: English

Meanings of "eyes are bigger than ..."


It is used to say that someone has taken more food
then he or she can possibly eat. If you say that someone's eyes are bigger than their belly or their stomach, you mean that they thought they could eat more food than they really could.

"My eyes are always bigger than my belly when I go to all-you-can-eat buffets!
Can't finish your meal, huh? I guess your eyes were bigger than your belly!
Hey, do you want some of this cake? It seems my eyes were bigger than my belly."

On occasion, the expression is used in a figurative sense, to mean having bigger ambitions than one is capable of fulfilling. The idiom one’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach originated in the 1500s; then the phrase was one’s eyes are bigger than one’s belly, a variant that is still used in British English.

Explained by xyxy on Sun, 28/08/2022 - 08:31
Explained by xyxy