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In The Departed (2006), Woman scolds Frank and Arnold for talking too much:

Frank: Another county heard from.

Arnold: One too many. She got a big mouth.

What does "One too many" mean ?

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    Can you give the time index when this dialogue happens?
    – gotube
    Oct 25, 2023 at 5:33
  • It's not relevant to the question, but does he say "county" or "country"? "Another country heard from" is a set phrase. Oct 25, 2023 at 16:46

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"One too many" is a shorter version of "[have] one too many", which generally means having had too many of something, not necessarily only one too many, but any number, so roughly, it's "too many" or "too often".

By far, the most common use of this phrase is about the amount of alcohol someone has consumed, and if the context doesn't indicate what there's too many of, it's understood to mean too many alcoholic beverages, which is the case here.

So in this context, it means:

She has drunk too much alcohol.

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  • I don't know The Departed so you may be right, but "one too many" doesn't refer only to one alcoholic drink too many. I've had one too many flats with these lightweight tubeless tires. I'm taking them off my bike. or You have cried wolf one too many times. Oct 25, 2023 at 16:37
  • @TimR Thanks for the catch. I've added that into my answer.
    – gotube
    Oct 25, 2023 at 19:39
  • have one too many for booze, yes.
    – Lambie
    Oct 25, 2023 at 20:38

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