above (one's) head

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above (one's) head

Being too advanced or difficult for one to be able to comprehend, understand, or complete; beyond one's abilities. I thought I could handle this advanced math class, but the stuff we're learning is just way above my head.
See also: above, head
References in classic literature ?
The tree was, however, enormous, and, looking upwards, I could see no thinning of the leaves above my head.
One or two of these slabs had fallen, and again I wondered if the gigantic masses of carved stone that lay about me were no larger than those above my head.
As he stooped to place my food upon the ground I swung the chain above my head and crashed the links with all my strength upon his skull.
This good fortune could not last indefinitely, and, assured that Thurid would not again leave me alive, I awaited the bursting of the next shell that hit; and then, throwing my hands above my head, I let go my hold and crumpled, limp and inert, dangling in my harness like a corpse.
Slender purple grasses topped with red and yellow fern-like fronds grew rankly all about us to the height of several feet above my head.
It was open, and it was just high enough to be above my head.
I stood up on a thwart and waved my soggy coat above my head.
She offered a limp handshake, maintaining eye contact with the wall space just above my head.
If it happens, it will be above my head but I will understand it," he said.
Scott's final chapter explores Just Above My Head, developing Eleanor Traylor's reading of the novel "as a storyteller's novel told in a musical mode.
I just hear the planes launching above my head and pray that no one is going to get killed.
Indigo, purple, even red, Glittering high above my head High it spins round and round, Tonight it is dark bursting with sound.
Brian said: "I used to wear my dreads down and at two and a half feet long, you can imagine how much more comfortable I feel now that my hair is above my head.
As the district court said in a prior proceeding involving these same defendants: That seal above my head says .
Just Above My Head, 1996, finds the same fusion in a man just walking.