Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

hang over (somebody's) head

hang over somebody's head
Meaning(s)
1) something that is causing lingering concern or worry
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    • I hate to have debts hanging over me
  • Analysis

    If something is 'hanging over your head' it means something is causing you to worry or consuming your thoughts or is unresolved. Usually, the thing 'hanging over your head' is an obligation and prevents you from relaxing or enjoying yourself.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. These bills have been hanging over my head for weeks now. I can't wait until I have paid them all off!
    2. My thesis is hanging over my head, when I hand it in I can finally enjoy my holidays.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. If prices continue to drop, a huge question mark will hang over the future of the industry.
    2. The threat of redundancy has been hanging over my head since the cost-cutting measures were introduced, but I have not let it interfere with my work.
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