Over my head

Let's hope he is not in over his head, ice climbing is very dangerous. pic: http://www.mountain7.com

Here are two idiomatic expressions using the concept of “over one’s head”.

But first, literally something can be over your head, like e a balloon or a bird or some such thing.  This, however, is not the sense in which the expression is normally used but in the figurative sense where it means that something is too difficult, complicated or complex for the speaker to understand.

Here is an example of how the phrase might be used:  “Advanced macroeconomics is way over my head.”  Implying that the speaker does understand at all what the professor is teaching.

One can also be “in over one’s head”.  This expression is related and means that is in a situation one can’t handle and needs help with.

Here is an example for that usage:

Junior person at work: “I am in over my head on this project.  I need help to pull this through.”

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