(deep) in the weeds

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(deep) in 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 in the weeds almost immediately. Even with a full staff, Friday was so busy that we were deep in the weeds for most of the night.
2. Overwhelmed with problems, troubles, or difficulties. We were starting to get deep in 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 in the weeds lately.
3. Totally immersed in or preoccupied with the details or complexities (of something). I'd like to come out tonight, but I'm deep in the weeds with my thesis.
See also: weed
References in classic literature ?
He curled down in the weeds and soon began to snore.
The sea cows went on schlooping and grazing and chumping in the weed, and Kotick asked them questions in every language that he had picked up in his travels; and the Sea People talk nearly as many languages as human beings.
More experiments are shown in the weeds between the rows Cultivator Hardest to the somewhat limited [11].
The students and volunteers involved in the Weeds to Wonder program play integral roles in meeting that challenge," Schafer said.