Expressions using the word Head. Part two

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Parts of the body are used in many idioms, expressions and phrasal verbs. This is part two in a series of expressions related to the head.

Over your head – used if you don’t understand something or don’t ‘get’ a joke.

“The instructions were too complicated, they went straight over my head.”

In over your head – this is used when you’re involved in something that you can’t control or understand.

“This project is too big for my experience. I’m in over my head.”

Off my head – used to express you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“We’re going to the pub to get off our heads. Do you want  to come?”

Keep your head down – to avoid attention

“The boss was looking for someone to blame for the latest mistake so I kept my head down.”

Head in the clouds – a dreamer

“Paolo has his head in the clouds. He needs to come back to reality to get this job done.”

Head in the sand – someone is ignoring or avoiding a situation.

“Many people ignore the threat of global warming. They have their head in the sand.”

Get your head around something – to understand something.

“He tried to get his head around the problem.”


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