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Meaning of Idiom ‘Up to One’s Ears (in/with something)’

To be up lớn your ears in something means lớn be extremely busy or preoccupied with it or to have sầu too much of it. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of tienmadaichien.com. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Pare, May. Body tienmadaichien.com & More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.,3Kirkpatriông chồng, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of tienmadaichien.com. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.

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Usage

One can be up to lớn one’s ears in or with anything that is considered too much, especially when this takes one’s attention away from other things.

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Examples Of Use

“I’m up to lớn my ears in tienmadaichien.com here. This trang web will never be done!”

“I can’t go to lớn the movies tonight. I’m up khổng lồ my ears in housework.”

“They sent me the wrong merchandise. I’m up lớn my ears in plastic cups and paper napkins!”

“He’s up khổng lồ his neông xã in legal headaches.”

“Jane is up khổng lồ her ears with her family reunion. She’s never even met most of them!”

Origin

The eyes version of this idiom may be the earliest, first recorded in 1778. The ears and neck versions, however, are the most commonly used and were first recorded in 1839 & 1856.

The allusion here is to lớn being almost submerged in or flooded with something. 4Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of tienmadaichien.com. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.


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Sources ↲1, ↲4 ↲2 ↲3
Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of tienmadaichien.com. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Pare, May. Body tienmadaichien.com và More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.
Kirkpatriông chồng, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of tienmadaichien.com. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.

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