go\ over\ one's\ head

v. phr.
1. To be too difficult to understand.

Penny complains that what her math teacher says simply goes over her head.

2. To do something without the permission of one's superior.

Fred went over his boss's head when he signed the contract on his own.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • Over one's head — Over O ver ([=o] v[ e]r), prep. [AS. ofer; akin to D. over, G. [ u]ber, OHG. ubir, ubar, Dan. over, Sw. [ o]fver, Icel. yfir, Goth. ufar, L. super, Gr. ype r, Skr. upari. [root]199. Cf. {Above}, {Eaves}, {Hyper }, {Orlop}, {Super }, {Sovereign},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • over one's head — phrasal 1. : beyond one s comprehension he liked pictures but art criticism was over his head the speech went over the heads of the audience 2. : so as to pass over or ignore one s superior standing or authority quit when his juniors were… …   Useful english dictionary

  • over one's head — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Not understandable; beyond your ability to understand; too hard or strange for you to understand. * /Mary laughed just to be polite, but the joke was really over her head./ * /The lesson today was hard; it went over my… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • over one's head — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Not understandable; beyond your ability to understand; too hard or strange for you to understand. * /Mary laughed just to be polite, but the joke was really over her head./ * /The lesson today was hard; it went over my… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • over\ one's\ head — adv or adj. phr. 1. Not understandable; beyond your ability to understand; too hard or strange for you to understand. Mary laughed just to be polite, but the joke was really over her head. The lesson today was hard; it went over my head. Compare …   Словарь американских идиом

  • over one's head — adjective a) More complex or confusing than one can understand; beyond one’s comprehension. This is way over my head. Can you explain it more simply? b) More than one can handle; too much (especially in over one’s head). I’m in over my head on… …   Wiktionary

  • over one's head — idi over one s head beyond one s comprehension, ability, or resources …   From formal English to slang

  • over one's head — phrasal 1. beyond one s comprehension or competence < the most awful intellectual detail, all of it over my head E. B. White > 2. so as to pass over one s superior standing or authority < went over my head to complain > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • over one's head — 1) too difficult for someone to understand The joke went over her head so we had to explain it to her. 2) go to a more important person in charge, go to a higher official We didn t receive a good answer from the official so we went over his head… …   Idioms and examples

  • over one’s head — mod. confusing; too difficult to understand. □ This stuff is too hard. It’s over my head. □ Calculus is all over my head …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hang over one's head — {v. phr.} To be a danger or threat to you. An overused phrase. * /Over Jimmy s head hung the teacher s suspicion that Jimmy had cheated in the final examination./ * /Death hangs over a bullfighter s head every time he performs./ …   Dictionary of American idioms


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