Idiom:  more than someone bargained for

Definition

Idiom:  more than someone bargained for

  • to get something in addition to what was expected
  • something different than you expected, especially something worse


Example sentences

  • I tried to have a baby for three years but when I got pregnant with triplets it was much more than I bargained for.
  • Owning a house sounded great but now that I have to pay insurance, mow the lawn and fix repairs myself, I realize it's more than I bargained for
  • Getting a rescue dog was more then we bargained for—his previous owners abused him and we're not sure he'll ever trust us.
  • Renting an apartment with my brother is a lot more than I bargained forhe never helps clean and eats my food.
  • Volunteering as a chaperone at my daughter's school trip to Washington DC was a lot more than I had bargained for—some of the kids were smoking and drinking alcohol, among other things.
  • Doing my boss's laundry and running errands was more than I had bargained for, so I quit after just a week.
  • When you ask me to watch your kids for a few hours I never expected it to be all night. This is way more than I'd bargain for!
  • We're afraid your request for unpaid leave is more than we'd bargained for. We couldn't have imagined you'd use the time to work for our competitor.


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