over one's head
phrasal 1. beyond one's comprehension or competence <
the most awful intellectual detail, all of it over my head — E. B. White
>
2. so as to pass over one's superior standing or authority <
went over my head to complain
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Over one's head — Over O ver ([=o] v[ e]r), prep. [AS. ofer; akin to D. over, G. [ u]ber, OHG. ubir, ubar, Dan. over, Sw. [ o]fver, Icel. yfir, Goth. ufar, L. super, Gr. ype r, Skr. upari. [root]199. Cf. {Above}, {Eaves}, {Hyper }, {Orlop}, {Super }, {Sovereign},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • over one's head — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Not understandable; beyond your ability to understand; too hard or strange for you to understand. * /Mary laughed just to be polite, but the joke was really over her head./ * /The lesson today was hard; it went over my… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • over one's head — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Not understandable; beyond your ability to understand; too hard or strange for you to understand. * /Mary laughed just to be polite, but the joke was really over her head./ * /The lesson today was hard; it went over my… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang over one's head — {v. phr.} To be a danger or threat to you. An overused phrase. * /Over Jimmy s head hung the teacher s suspicion that Jimmy had cheated in the final examination./ * /Death hangs over a bullfighter s head every time he performs./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang over one's head — {v. phr.} To be a danger or threat to you. An overused phrase. * /Over Jimmy s head hung the teacher s suspicion that Jimmy had cheated in the final examination./ * /Death hangs over a bullfighter s head every time he performs./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go over one's head — {v. phr.} 1. To be too difficult to understand. * /Penny complains that what her math teacher says simply goes over her head./ 2. To do something without the permission of one s superior. * /Fred went over his boss s head when he signed the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • go over one's head — {v. phr.} 1. To be too difficult to understand. * /Penny complains that what her math teacher says simply goes over her head./ 2. To do something without the permission of one s superior. * /Fred went over his boss s head when he signed the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • 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

  • To lose 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

  • To show 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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