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    Please, could you help me to understand the expression bellow?

    That's is a bit bigger bite than we can swallow in this essay.

    Could you rewrite ou explain it for me?

    Thanks a lot.
    Wellingon


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    Re: expression

    You may be familiar with the expression "He has bitten off more than he can chew".

    If the mouth is so full that the jaw cannot move, then one cannot chew the food. It is better to eat using smaller bites than to try to get all the food into the mouth in one go.

    Thus this metaphor is saying break it down into smaller pieces.

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    Re: expression

    That's is a bit bigger bite than we can swallow in this essay.

    To me this looks like a mixture of metaphors, 'to bite off more than one can chew' and 'to be hard to swallow'.


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    Re: expression

    Thank you for the answer. We have in our language an expression similar to the one you posted.

    Wellington

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