A Bit Much

Also: A bit too much

Meaning Of Idiom ‘A Bit Much’

When something is a bit much it is unreasonable, unfair, and excessive. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. ,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

Usage

Although a bit much often refers to incidents or actions, it can also refer to a person, such as “Dennis is fun for a few hours, but he’s a bit much for a whole weekend.”

Examples Of Use

“I’m never going to speak to Jake again!” said Sara. “That’s a bit much, don’t you think,” said Tom. “All he did was tell Janice about her surprise party.”

“I can’t believe Arnold is going to stand in line all night for concert tickets. That’s a bit too much for me.”

“Jimmy,” said Dad, “I understand you were disappointed about not getting your favorite cereal. But throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store is a bit much.”

Origin

A bit too much has been a common phrase sense at least the later 1800’s. A bit much has been used since at least the early 1920’s.

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1. Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.
2. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.