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In Way Over Your Head - Idiom

Video Overview

The idiom 'in way over your head' means to be in a position that is both out of the norm and potentially highly dangerous. This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'in way over your head' in English. We explain how to use it with some easy examples to help you learn this idiom so you can use it in spoken and Business English.

Video Analysis

In the English language, water is often used as a metaphor for a difficult situation. To be literally submerged in water over your head, especially way over your head, is to be in a position that is both out of the norm and potentially highly dangerous. This idiom transfers that literal meaning to figuratively refer to being deeply involved in a difficult situation which you lack the skills, knowledge, or resources to be able to cope with or escape from.

In simple terms, to be/get 'in way over your head' means to find yourself in a situation that is too much for you to handle. This expression can be shortened to 'in over your head,' and, as the video shows, is 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.'


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