(to be) up to your ears




Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - up to your ears

"(to be) up to your ears"

to be extremely busy or occupied

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - up to your ears

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We're going for lunch now. Are you coming?

Colleague 2:  No. I can't. I am far too busy.

Colleague 1:  Too busy to take lunch?

Colleague 2:  I'm up to my ears with getting ready for tomorrow's presentation.

Colleague 1:  Alright. We'll bring you something from the restaurant.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - up to your ears

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I see that there's a for sale sign on your front lawn.

Friend 2:  Yes. We have to sell our house.

Friend 1:  That's too bad. Do you not like the neighborhood?

Friend 2:  No. The neighborhood is great. It is just that we are up to our ears in debt. Besides the mortgage, we owe for both our student loans, are still making payments on both our cars and we have five credit cards that are at their maximum.

Friend 1:  Wow. That's a lot of debt.





(to be) up to your ears - Usage:

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(to be) up to your ears - Gerund Form:

Being up to his ears in work, he skipped lunch.



(to be) up to your ears - Examples:

1)  A few short years later when most of the guys are up to their ears in debt, they agree to do a reunion album and tour with all six ...

2)  ... almost two months now would be rambling; most people are perhaps up to their ears with the rhetoric.

3)  They'd reckoned the Irish climate would guarantee they'd be up to their ears in ideal conditions to provide moody shots of even moodier models in ultra-fashionable tweeds on ...

4)  They were up to their ears in their own personal problems.

5)  I've been up to my ears with lactic since the second 200m but taking my cue from the pros I push ...

6)  ... and talks about being with the poor, whereas he himself is up to his ears with corruption.

7)  He could be up to his ears in debt of course, mega overdraft and Wonga loans to beat the band.

8)  ... everyday moms are either holding down a 9-5 job or up to their ears in housework with no time left to preen themselves.

9)  ... how do you get young/new/discouraged voters to the polls when they're up to their ears in distractions?

10)  The world powers are also in this up to their ears, seeming even more confused than the regional players.

11)  ... appeals to people who have had it up to their ears with being told what they can and can not say.

12)  There were many a late night spent up to his ears in books on the history of football, autobiographies and football memorabilia in the quest ...

13)  ... has his own business to run and he was up to his ears in fishing commitments. 

14)  The man himself would rather be up to his ears in work than doing nothing at all.

15)  He's a family man now: children and grandchildren up to his ears.

16)  I have had it up to my ears with lying. I would like a little truth.

17)  I figured I was already up to my ears in risks, I might as well go the whole hog. 

18)  I was pretty well up to my ears trying to keep the restaurant afloat, and managing everything else that was going on

19)  ... make sure you have got income protection and life insurance up to your ears.

20)  One wrong step, and you're in up to your ears.