more than something bargained for

more than something bargained for
more than (someone/something) bargained for something in addition to what was expected.

The pain caused by the operation was much more than I bargained for.

Usage notes: often used with get:

Sarah was looking for a challenge, but she may have gotten more than she bargained for in this job.


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  • more than someone bargained for — more than (someone/something) bargained for something in addition to what was expected. The pain caused by the operation was much more than I bargained for. Usage notes: often used with get: Sarah was looking for a challenge, but she may have… …   New idioms dictionary

  • more than you bargained for — more than you bargained for/not what you bargained for/ phrase something different from what you expected, especially something worse The babysitter found she had taken on more than she bargained for. Thesaurus: too much, extra and moresynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • more than bargained for — more than (someone/something) bargained for something in addition to what was expected. The pain caused by the operation was much more than I bargained for. Usage notes: often used with get: Sarah was looking for a challenge, but she may have… …   New idioms dictionary

  • not what you bargained for — more than you bargained for/not what you bargained for/ phrase something different from what you expected, especially something worse The babysitter found she had taken on more than she bargained for. Thesaurus: too much, extra and moresynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bargain for/on — EXPECT, anticipate, be prepared for, allow for, plan for, reckon with, take into account/consideration, contemplate, imagine, envisage, foresee, predict; count on, rely on, depend on, bank on, plan on, reckon on; N. Amer. informal figure on. →… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bargain for something — ˈbargain for/on sth derived (usually in negative sentences) to expect sth to happen and be prepared for it • We hadn t bargained for this sudden change in the weather. • When he agreed to answer a few questions, he got more than he bargained for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bargain on something — ˈbargain for/on sth derived (usually in negative sentences) to expect sth to happen and be prepared for it • We hadn t bargained for this sudden change in the weather. • When he agreed to answer a few questions, he got more than he bargained for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bargain for — or bargain on PHRASAL VERB: usu with brd neg If you have not bargained for or bargained on something that happens, you did not expect it to happen and so feel surprised or worried by it. [V P n] The effects of this policy were more than the… …   English dictionary

  • bargain for sth — UK US bargain for/on sth Phrasal Verb with bargain({{}}/ˈbɑːgɪn/ verb [I] ► to expect or be prepared for something: »We hadn t bargained on such a high rate of interest. »The strength of the opposition was rather more than she had bargained for.… …   Financial and business terms

  • bargain for/on sth — UK US bargain for/on sth Phrasal Verb with bargain({{}}/ˈbɑːgɪn/ verb [I] ► to expect or be prepared for something: »We hadn t bargained on such a high rate of interest. »The strength of the opposition was rather more than she had bargained for.… …   Financial and business terms

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