(deep) into the weeds

(deep) into the weeds

1. Of a restaurant worker, completely overwhelmed with diners' orders and unable to keep up with the pace. I was all alone waiting tables during Sunday brunch, so I got into the weeds almost immediately. Even with a full staff, Friday was so busy that we were deep into the weeds for most of the night.
2. Overwhelmed with problems, troubles, or difficulties. We were starting to fall deep into the weeds on the lead up to the software's unveiling, but we managed to make up some lost ground in the last couple of weeks. My relationship with Joanna has been getting into the weeds lately.
3. Totally immersed or preoccupied with the details or complexities (of something). I'd like to come out tonight, but I'm deep into the weeds with my thesis.
See also: weed