A Bridge Too Far Definition
A step or action that is too ambitious ; an act of overreaching .
Origin of A Bridge Too Far
In reference to Operation Market Garden , Allied airborne military operation of 1944. General Roy E. Urquhart , in his 1958 memoir Arnhem, ascribed the phrase to general Frederick “Boy" Browning . It was popularized by being chosen as the title of Cornelius Ryan 's 1974 book on Operation Market Garden and the subsequent 1977 epic war film .