(to be) in over your head

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in over your head

"(to be) in over your head"

to be involved in a situation that is too difficult for you


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in over your head

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Why did I volunteer for this project?  I really don't know what I'm doing and I don't know how to get out of doing it.

Colleague 2:  Got in a little over your head, did you?

Colleague 1:  I'm in big trouble.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in over your head

Two mothers are talking ...

Mother 1:  I heard you took on the recycling project for the school.

Mother 2:  I did and now I wonder why I thought I could take on such a huge undertaking. I am so busy with my children and other volunteer activities and looking after the house and working part-time that I simply don't know where I can ever find the time to do the school recycling program.

Mother 1:  Sounds like you're in over your head.

(to be) in over your head - Usage:


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(to be) in over your head - Gerund Form:

Being in over your head means you are in trouble.

(to be) in over your head - Examples:

1)  In the long run he failed. He got in over his head and he ran out of resources.

2)  In his second, some time after the first, he's in over his head and has to eject so Kincaid can take over.

3)  I have been an interviewee who was in over his head and couldn't even make the first attempt at solving an interview problem.

4)  While he was quite a salesman, he was clearly in over his head as president.

5)  If borrowers get in over their heads, it may be impossible to reduce payments on a private student loan.

6)  But like many well-meaning white people who are in over their heads when discussing the topic of race and media, Davis kept going.

7)  And sometimes lawyers just get in over their heads or beyond their competence.

8)  ... of youth is not so much superficial, as they are also in over their heads, dealing with the crisis of the present, ...

9)  I would start with one platform rather than getting in over your head and committing to several social media avenues.

10)  If it turns out you're in over your head, then you will deal accordingly, ask for help, ...

11)  ... like to delay things but you can tell them that you are in over your head and need a paralegal.

12)  If you don't, you'll likely find yourself in over your head with either missed work or missed party responsibilities.

13)  I realised I was in over my head, having not ridden proper hills for a good 6 months on the way down ...

14)  By admitting I was in over my head and communicating with my husband, I was able to get the support I needed.

15)  ... and I got way in over my head, so this week I thought I would ease up a bit, and just ...

16)  I instantly felt like I might be in over my head, like I'd bitten off more than I could chew by tagging along for ...

17)  ... job is turning out to be anything but simple. Is Cate in over her head?

18)  I think she is in over her head and she can't afford the rent.

19)  Gabi may have been in over her head, but she proved to have a good head on her shoulders under pressure and ...

20)  ... and how she struggled every month. She was way in over her head, and she doesn't want Rob to go through that.