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    Default be in way over one's head

    Hi again,

    I have another problem. I'm not sure, whether it is an idiom or not, so I'm posting it to this forum.

    The context: a girl dancing in a bar full of horny men is likely to ...hm... say get into a distress.

    Her friend arrives just in time to save her and what he is thinking is:
    "Whether she knew or not, she was *in way over her head*"

    What does the second part of the sentence mean? My idea is that she was getting helpless to manage the situation. Am I right?

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    That's right. To be in over your head is to be unable to cope or manage with a situation. That idiom comes from swimming. To be deep in water, head submerged. If you don't get out of there, you could drown.

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    Default Re: be in way over one's head

    Oh sorry. The sentence is not really the boy's thought, but just his view of the situation. I guess...

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    Thanks Casiopea!

    While I was writing the message, you've already given me the answer

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