keep one's head above water


keep one's head above water
keep one's head above water
1. Lit. to keep from drowning when swimming or floating. (See also get one's head above water.) •

I was so tired I could hardly keep my head above water.

2. Fig. to manage to survive, especially financially. •

We have so little money that we can hardly keep our heads above water.

It's hard to keep your head above water on this much money.

3. Fig. to keep up with one's work. •

It's all I can do to keep my head above water with the work I have. I can't take on any more.

We have so many orders that we can hardly keep our heads above water.

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{v. phr.} To remain solvent; manage to stay out of debt. * /Herb's income declined so drastically that he now has difficulty keeping his head above water./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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