up to one's ears

(redirected from in up to one's eyes)

up to (one's) ears (in something)

Extremely busy (with something); deeply or overly involved (in something); possessing, filled up with, or overwhelmed by an excessive amount (of something). There's no way I can take a vacation right now, I'm up to my ears in work at the moment! I only meant to be peripherally involved in David's business venture, but before I knew it I was in up to my ears! Dana was worried she wouldn't find any work as an accountant working for herself, but she's up to my neck in clients!
See also: ear, up

up to one's ears

Also, in up to one's eyes or eyeballs or neck . Deeply involved; also, oversupplied, surfeited. For example, I'm up to my ears in work, or He's in up to his eyes with the in-laws. This hyperbolic and slangy idiom implies one is flooded with something up to those organs. The first was first recorded in 1839; up to the eyes in 1778; to the eyeballs in 1911; to the neck in 1856.
See also: ear, up