Too-too

Definitions

  • "'If you hang him, you shall hang me too.'"
    "'If you hang him, you shall hang me too.'"
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Too-too quite too: extreme, superlative:
    • adj Too-too (slang) extravagantly and affectedly sentimental, gushing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'I will add this too, lady,' said the pedlar." "'I will add this too, lady,' said the pedlar."
Her boy too Her boy too
Never too far gone for a smoke Never too far gone for a smoke
TOO FASTIDIOUS TOO FASTIDIOUS
Poor creeter! it wuz too bad that there should be so many of 'em Poor creeter! it wuz too bad that there should be so many of 'em
NOT TOO HAUGHTY TO HAVE FUN SOMETIMES NOT TOO HAUGHTY TO HAVE FUN SOMETIMES
TOO FAMILIAR TOO FAMILIAR
UNHAPPY RESULT OF A TOO GENEROUS FRUIT DIET UNHAPPY RESULT OF A TOO GENEROUS FRUIT DIET

Quotations

  • David Storey
    David Storey
    “Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.”
  • Yogi Berra
    Yogi%20Berra
    “Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.”
  • Graham Greene
    Graham%20Greene
    “Failure too is a form of death...”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.”
  • Budd Schulberg
    Budd Schulberg
    “You can't eat your friends and have them too.”
  • Francis Beaumont
    Francis Beaumont
    “The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.”

Idioms

A bridge too far - A bridge too far is an act of overreaching- going too far and getting into trouble or failing.
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Can't dance and it's too wet to plow - (USA) When you can't dance and it's too wet to plow, you may as well do something because you can't or don't have the opportunity to do anything else.
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Have your cake and eat it too - If someone wants to have their cake and eat it too, they want everything their way, especially when their wishes are contradictory.
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Spread yourself too thin - If you spread youself too thin, you overextend yourself and take on too many things to deal with them properly.
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Too big for your boots - If someone is too big for their boots, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
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Too big for your britches - If someone is too big for their britches, they are conceited and have an exaggerated sense of their own importance.
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Too many chiefs and not enough Indians - When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.
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Too many cooks spoil the broth - This means that where there are too many people trying to do something, they make a mess of it.
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Too many irons in the fire - This means juggling too many projects at once and something's bound to fail; when a smith had too many irons in his fire, he couldn't effectively keep track of all of them.
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You can't have cake and the topping, too - (USA) This idiom means that you can't have everything the way you want it, especially if your desires are contradictory.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A form of to, sig. lit. 'added to.'

Usage

In literature:

She was too genial, too responsive, not to find admiration very acceptable.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
He would never attempt to approach too closely, to touch her with his hands.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
There was a surfeit of owls, very much too many of them, and they called to one another too much.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He has thought it out; it isn't too much and it isn't too little.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Steve had gone straight to his room, but one glimpse of his bloodless face had told Sarah too much and too little.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
De white folks live in a great big house up on a hill; it was right pretty, too.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
So, too, the pages of Jessie's book seemed to be turned all too frequently.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Some fellows'd think it too sensational; but you can't be too sensational with Arabs, if you want to beat 'em.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I did some draying too and a lot of concreting too.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Such assemblies are too grand and too ornate, and, moreover, much too far removed from true sporting proprieties.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
But in the deeper things of the spirit, too, there was a wide difference between them.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
The lady had looked too much at her companion and too little at the way, and so they had been upset.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
This was all too sudden, too shocking, even for tears.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Audrey is too philanthropic, too unpractical altogether, for a smooth domestic life.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Too late, too late, too late!
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
I have been too much at my ease, too happy, too frank.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
I was too busy by day and too tired at night.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
And you love me when I'm naughty, too.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
Too soon, too soon, you are men and women.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Mr. Isaac would be too glad to get this note into his possession to pay it away again.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

I meet thy pensive, moonlight face;
Thy thrilling voice I hear;
And former hours and scenes retrace,
Too fleeting, and too dear!
"A Lost Love" by Henry Francis Lyte
Too much you asked, too little gave,
The crown without the cross of strife.
What is it earns a soldier's grave?
A soldier's life.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
A veil 'twixt us and Thee, Good Lord,
A veil 'twixt us and Thee—
Lest we should hear too clear, too clear,
And unto madness see!
"The Prayer of Miriam Cohen" by Rudyard Kipling
But the forms that throng its mazes
Are too bright for mortal birth,
And the scenes that fancy raises
Far too beautiful for earth.
"Reality" by Walter Richard Cassels
Halfe the Shepherds.
And me too, for too see
Him so dismayd which hath so stowtly borne
All haps that haue befalne him heretooforne.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
"O idol of my dreams! whate'er
"Thy nature be—human, divine,
"Or but half heavenly—still too fair,
"Too heavenly to be ever mine!
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Barbara Stanwyck is perfectly cast as a Los Angeles dragon lady burdened with too much time, too much money, and a dull husband.
But it's too little, too late for most corn crops, says an agricultural meteorologist.
Some areas received rain, but for most it was too little, too late.
It will be the perfect weekend for hitting the Michigan Renaissance Festival, whether you dress up in period costume or come as you are – not too hot, not too cold.
Too many wars, too few US soldiers.
Too much sex, too little intimacy: It's a cocktail that, like most cocktails, leads to oversharing.
One for being too fat, the other too skinny.
Montasio is traditional, but Parmesan, asiago or a young, not too salty pecorino will all work well, too, so I use whatever I have.
"It's too small and on too quickly to read," she says.
Not on the forum too much posting but I had too share.
Others lose taste and texture if picked too early or too late.
Swimming instruction offers opening to lifetime activity, but don't expect too much too soon.
Apology From Drug Manufacturer Is Too Little, Too Late.
Too much to do, too little time (@Work Advice Contest, Round 2).
Unfortunately it was too little, too late.
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In science:

Mass loss, on its own, also is not a plausible solution because the Cepheid crossing timescales are too short, and/or the mass-loss rates are too small.
Convective Core Overshoot & Mass Loss in Classical Cepheids: A Solution to the Mass Discrepancy?
This is of course too many free parameters to claim any true understanding of the charged lepton sector, but our purpose here is to illuminate some structure in the neutrino sector without worrying too much about the charged leptons.
Neutrino Mixing and the Double Tetrahedral Group
In many cases, the anomalous regime is too short, i.e. lasts hardly more than a decade, to allow for the unambiguous identification of a true power-law regime and/or the number of points used to fit the data is too small (13, 15).
Anomalous subdiffusion due to obstacles : A critical survey
In the initial setup there are too many variables, so the Gröbner basis computation is too expensive.
A presentation of the trace algebra of three 3x3 matrices
The AGSS09 model produces a convective zone that is too shallow and a surface helium abundance that is too low (see Table 1).
Solar models with accretion. I. Application to the solar abundance problem
These states were far too numerous and too closely spaced to permit detailed modelling.
Random matrix models for phase diagrams
This map is similar to the map in Gurzadyan et al. (2009), which is also too low outside the galaxy, and too high inside, which is, again, consistent with Gurzadyan et al. applying the K-S test directly to the raw samples.
Application of the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test to CMB data: Is the universe really weakly random?
Different PG 1159 stars from which FUSE spectra exist are obviously too hot or too cool to exhibit Fe viii lines.
Iron abundance in the prototype PG1159 star, GW Vir pulsator PG1159-035, and related objects
Now if a graph G is not too sparse, one may expect that the not-too-large vertex sets A are sufficiently expanding, so that |N (A)| ≥ 2|A|.
On a sparse random graph with minimum degree {three}: Likely Posa's sets are large
Solutions with too high value of Lin terminate before reaching the proper sonic point while solutions with too low Lin go through the sonic point radius but follow an improper branch.
Slim accretion disks around black holes
When ν is either too low (empty circles) or too high (full diamonds) the effect of the noise is reduced; however around a resonant frequency νR (dashed line with crosses) its effect is enhanced and the state is quickly destroyed.
Entanglement Storage Units
If N is too low, there are insufficient degrees of freedom to remove the foregrounds efficiently; if N is too high, some of the cosmological signal may be mistaken (Furlanetto, Oh & Briggs 2006).
Subtracting Foregrounds from Interferometric Measurements of the Redshifted 21 cm Emission
The time T is not too large, since otherwise during the time interval [0, T ] the random walk will wander too far away from the origin.
Information recovery from observations by a random walk having jump distribution with exponential tails
Informally, the D≥k bins with “too small” or “too big” capacities are empty. 2.
Catching the k-NAESAT Threshold
Indeed, in the region ϕ < 0 the leading exponents are too large, i.e. the potential is too steep.
The Compactification Problems of Additional Dimensions in Multidimensional Cosmological Theories
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