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The English idiom, up to your neck in.
When I was writing my new book, Body Idioms, I was up to my neck in idioms, I can tell you.
Up to your neck in is a very common idiom that you are likely to hear if you go to an English-speaking country.
You will find it on page 107 of my 240-page Body Idioms book.
My definition of up to your neck in is when you are extremely occupied by something, to the point of being unable to cope.
Each of the more than 500 entries in the book has the idiom, the definition, and an example of how you can use it.
For this idiom’s example I wrote: “The lawyer was up to his neck in legal arguments and thought he might lose the case.”
You may have noticed from the opening that the idiom, up to your neck in, has a watery origin.
If you imagine yourself in a body of water which is getting ever deeper, there will come a time when you are almost overwhelmed by the water – this is when it is up to your neck.
When we are almost overwhelmed with work, responsibility, or demands on our time and resources, we figuratively find ourselves up to our necks in what we are doing.
Like all idioms, the expression, up to your neck in is difficult to understand from the words alone.
I wrote Body Idioms to help you to get to grips with idioms, as they are a common, and important feature of the English language.
If you can’t bring yourselves to learn idioms, you will never have as high a level of English as you might like.
Body Idioms will help you to raise your English to the next level.
Body Idioms also has 25 crossword puzzles to give you the repetition needed to learn any new vocabulary.
You can find interactive versions of the crossword puzzles online, too.
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