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 ?
On came the Arabs, shouting and waving their long guns above their heads.
The long line of savages advanced a few steps more, their spears poised above their heads, their half-naked forms showing more distinctly as they peered forward through the grey gloom, savage and ferocious.
But in vain did the two eldest mount guard in the church with their guns; as soon as the bird appeared high above their heads, sleep overpowered them, and they only awoke to hear the windows crashing in.
The plant man charged to within a dozen feet of the party and then, with a bound, rose as though to pass directly above their heads.
But it was a short-lived respite, for just as they had concluded that they would not be disturbed again Tarzan gave voice to a weird moan, and as the raiders looked up in the direction from which the sound seemed to come, the ape-man, who stood swinging the dead body of the sentry gently to and fro, suddenly shot the corpse far out above their heads.
At intervals during the night a rifle would bark close above their heads, and one of the dozen sentries which they now had posted would tumble to the ground.
George attended gravely, assenting or dissenting with slight but determined gestures that were as inexplicable as the motions of the tree-tops above their heads.
Beebe watched them, and watched the seeds of the willow-herb dance chorically above their heads.
The car then rose about twenty feet above their heads.
The stage directions for a 15th-century French resurrection play have the Holy Spirit descend on the apostles as "tongues of flame lit 'artificially,' with the help of brandy above their heads.
As our nation's flag whipped high above their heads, children from Chase Street Elementary School sang patriotic songs in Old Glory's honor recently outside the Panorama City Mall.
But then the woman got the child to rise by making gathering motions, and the two created parallel Grecianurn shapes with their arms above their heads.
What I'm talking about are those huge, air-filled promotional figures whose arms wave above their heads like they're eternally tormented spirits.
Then, when Annabell talks is in her bedroom talking to her mum, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, you can see the microphone above their heads.
Most of them can't believe what's been hiding just above their heads all these years, and quite a few of our tenants have flashed me the thumbs-up as they've seen the ceiling come back to life right before their eyes.