up to one's ears
phrasal deeply involved ; heavily implicated <
up to his ears in shady deals
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • up to one's ears — {adv. phr.} Immersed in; covered with. * / Around final examination time, Professor Brown explained, I am always up to my ears in work. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up to one's ears — {adv. phr.} Immersed in; covered with. * / Around final examination time, Professor Brown explained, I am always up to my ears in work. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up to one's neck — {adv. phr.} Overwhelmed with; submerged in. * / During the summer season in our cottage by the lake, the Allens complained, we are usually up to our necks in uninvited guests. / Compare: UP TO ONE S EARS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • up to one's neck — {adv. phr.} Overwhelmed with; submerged in. * / During the summer season in our cottage by the lake, the Allens complained, we are usually up to our necks in uninvited guests. / Compare: UP TO ONE S EARS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • prick up one's ears — {v. phr.}, {informal} To come to interested attention; begin to listen closely; try to hear. * /The woman pricked up her ears when she heard them talking about her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • prick up one's ears — {v. phr.}, {informal} To come to interested attention; begin to listen closely; try to hear. * /The woman pricked up her ears when she heard them talking about her./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • prick up one's ears — phrasal to listen intently …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Up to the ears — Ear Ear, n. [AS. e[ a]re; akin to OFries. [ a]re, [ a]r, OS. ?ra, D. oor, OHG. ?ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra, Sw. [ o]ra, Dan. [ o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis, Russ. ukho, Gr. ?; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. ?, Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To have one's ear — Ear Ear, n. [AS. e[ a]re; akin to OFries. [ a]re, [ a]r, OS. ?ra, D. oor, OHG. ?ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra, Sw. [ o]ra, Dan. [ o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis, Russ. ukho, Gr. ?; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. ?, Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To be out of one's head — Head Head (h[e^]d), n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. he[ a]fod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. h[ o]fu[eth], Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubi[thorn]. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput head (cf. E. {Chief},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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