more than one bargained for

more than one bargained for

  1. (idiomatic) An unexpected and (usually) unwanted result of a decision or action.
    • 1874, Ambrose Bierce, "Fables of Zambri, the Parsee" in Cobwebs From an Empty Skull:
      This was more than he had bargained for, and he squeaked shrilly with the pain.
    • 1919, Upton Sinclair, Jimmie Higgins, ch. 22:
      The sound of guns grew louder. . . . [W]hat if the Germans were to break through and sweep over all calculations? This was a little more than Jimmie Higgins had bargained for when he entered the recruiting-office in Leesville, U.S.A.!
    • 1987 July 27, Cristina Garcia, "[,9171,965084,00.html Law: Casting A Net at Green River]," Time (retrieved 23 May 2015):
      [T]hey found much and more than they had bargained for. Nestled amid the weeds and debris near the bottom of the slope was a human skull.
    • 2015 Jan. 14, "Bull elephant gets too close for comfort in Thai park ↗" (video), New York Times (retrieved 23 May 2015):
      A bull elephant gave tourists in Thailand more than they bargained for on Sunday when it sat on and rubbed itself along their cars.

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