English Idiom – Too much on my plate or A lot on my plate or Enough on my plate.

Meaning – To be too busy. To have too many things to deal with or a lot of things to worry about. The idiom too much on my plate is usually used to describe a situation where someone has too many tasks or responsibilities to handle. It is often used to express feelings of being overwhelmed or overburdened.

Related Expressions:


  • You have taken on too many jobs and responsibilities at work.
  • A friend is extremely busy preparing for exams and they also have family problems to deal with.
  • You cannot find the time to study English as you have too much going on in your life right now!


  • “Jackie’s got exams next week and she has just started her new job. I’d like to invite her to the cinema but she’s got too much on her plate!”

In The News:

Speaking with multiple students throughout campus, everyone had different perspectives on the upcoming semester. Some students expressed worries about having too much on their plate.”


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What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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