Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

in (way) over (your) head

in over your headin way over your head
Meaning(s)
1) involved in something that is too difficult for you to deal with
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • I'm in way over my head with that situation
  • Analysis
    This idiom alludes to being submerged over your head in deep water and means to be deeply involved in a difficult situation which you lack the skills, knowledge, or resources to be able to cope with or escape from. When you are 'in way over your head' you need help in order to get out of a difficult situation. The phrase can be shortened to ' be in over your head' and is an idiomatic expression common in both a social and professional context. Phrases with a similar meaning include 'out of one's depth' and 'out of one's league.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I've gotten in way over my head with the mortgage I took out. How am I ever going to be able to repay it?
    2. People told me I was in way over my head with this course but I'm managing all of the work very well at the moment.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company has been struggling ever since they expanded their range to reach new markets. They need to admit that they are in over their heads and downsize their operations.
    2. After just a week in her new job, Helen realized that she was in over her head and quit. She just didn't have the skills necessary to succeed in the role.
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