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Dear Ted:

Would you please give me some examples in which it is appropriate to use the idiomatic expression "More than you can handle"?

By the way, is it correct to call it an idiomatic expression?

Again, many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Would you please give me some examples in which it is appropriate to use the idiomatic expression "More than you can handle"?

*** I soon learned that studying Greek was more than I could handle.  I dropped the course and took French instead.

Mary wanted to have a large family, with twelve children.  After she gave birth to her sixth child, she realized that she already had more than she could handle.

"More than you can handle" is a rather casual way of saying that a task is too difficult for you.

By the way, is it correct to call it an idiomatic expression?

*** YES

Ted

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