you got a bit too much of a good thing

longxianchen

Senior Member
chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover( page 298, chapter 14) by Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(context:Connie asked Mellors what if Mellors' wife, Bertha, came back, and then Mellors said:My God……)
‘My God, yes! I should just go, disappear again.’

……
‘So when you did get a woman who wanted you,’ said Connie, ‘you got a bit too much of a good thing.’


I saw a bit of something, but I never saw a bit too much of something. So what's the meaning of the sentence in blue please?
Thank you in advance
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    The phrase (see Hermione above) contains the idea of obtaining something that might seem to be what you want but then that thing turns out to be disadvantageous because of its excess.

    "His garden needed water, so he decided to cut a channel in the bank of the river. At first, the water flowed gently into his garden but suddenly the whole bank of the river collapsed! He received too much of a good thing."
     

    longxianchen

    Senior Member
    chinese
    Thank you. Now I understand you got a bit too much of a good thing to be: you obtain(=get) a bad thing
     
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