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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 ?
To see land and water curving upward in the distance until it seemed to stand on edge where it melted into the distant sky, and to feel that seas and mountains hung suspended directly above one's head required such a complete reversal of the perceptive and reasoning faculties as almost to stupefy one.
Wires swept diagonally above one's head, like guitar strings writ large.
Starting above one's head, there is the Cascadia drenching rain showerhead ($59.
To write novels is to uproot oneself, to venture forth carrying one's roots in the air above one's head, and to let oneself be cut down by the first fool one encounters without a show of resistance and in the full knowledge of one's own ignominy.
The route is emphasized by roof lanterns which bring daylight into the middle of the deep plan, and by a line of artificial lights, not far above one's head which perform something of the same function as street lamps in open air thoroughfares.