Idiom | Eyes Bigger Than Stomach

Idiom | Eyes Bigger Than Stomach

When You Have Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach

The idiom ‘to have eyes bigger than one’s stomach’ means to have taken more than one can eat. It could be used to mean to want more that one can reasonable handle as well. Do note that the second meaning is used less frequently.

The phrase dates back to the 1500s, making this idiom quite old. It is still commonly used today, being frequently used at buffet restaurants.

「to have eyes bigger than one’s stomach」という慣用句は、食べきれないほどのものをとってしまったという意味です。「食べきれないほどのものを欲しがる」という意味でも使われることがあります。2番目の意味ではあまり使われないのでご留意ください。


Usage 使い方

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One’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach is most always used in the affirmative.

To form the idiom correctly you will need to add a subject and pronoun.

Subject + eyes are bigger than + pronoun + stomach

My + eyes are bigger than + my + stomach.

Remember that if the subject is plural, stomach will change to stomachs.

One’s eyes are bigger than one’s stomach(目は胃袋より大きい)は、ほとんどの場合、肯定的に使われます。


主語 + eyes are bigger than + 代名詞(所有格) + stomach

主語 + eyes are bigger than + 代名詞(所有格)+ stomach


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Examples 例文

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My brother ordered a lot of food for the party, but I guess his eyes were bigger than his stomach because we have a lot of leftovers.


All the kids piled food onto plates, but I think their eyes are bigger than their stomachs.


I wanted a promotion at work so I took a lot of new responsibilities, but I don’t think I can handle. My eyes were bigger than my stomach.


Use mnemonic! ニーモニックテクニック

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Imagine you are sitting at a table with a lot of your favorite foods. You want to eat all of it, but as you start eating you get full and realize you can’t finish the food in front of you.

Of course, we always encourage you to create your own mnemonic device. It’s much more effect if you do that.

Check out our post on mnemonics basics to learn more.





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