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 — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. pay attention (to), notice, listen to; see listen 1 …   English dictionary for students

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

  • prick up one's ears — verb To listen attentively …   Wiktionary

  • 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

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