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keep (one's) head below the parapet

To hide or remain inconspicuous in an attempt to avoid trouble or danger. I wouldn't say anything right now—just keep your head below the parapet for the time being.
See also: below, head, keep, parapet

put (one's) head above the parapet

To brave the risk of receiving unfavorable reactions from others by stating or defending opinions that may be considered controversial. Thank goodness that someone put their head above the parapet and drew customers' attention to the deceitful practices of these corporations. Several senators put their heads above the parapet and defended the legislation against attacks from their own party.
See also: above, head, parapet, put

stick (one's) head above the parapet

To state or defend opinions that may be considered controversial in spite of the risk of receiving unfavorable reactions from others. Thank goodness that someone is willing to stick their head above the parapet and drew customers' attention to the deceitful practices of these corporations. Several senators stuck their heads above the parapet and defended the legislation against their own party.
See also: above, head, parapet, stick

put your head above the parapet

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stick your head above the parapet

BRITISH
If you put your head above the parapet or stick your head above the parapet, you give an opinion in public about something that may cause people to attack or criticize you. A number of politicians hold this unpopular view, though few are prepared to put their heads above the parapet and admit it. In giving his main character political opinions which are quite obviously his own, the author risks sticking his head above the parapet. Note: Verbs such as raise or lift can be used instead of put and stick. People have become more and more reluctant to raise their head above the parapet — people are frightened to address these issues. Note: If you keep your head below the parapet, you do not risk saying something in public that might be attacked or criticized. Most experts have preferred to keep their heads below the parapet, well aware of the kind of panic headlines that their findings could produce. Note: Parapets are banks of earth or walls which soldiers build for protection against enemy attacks.
See also: above, head, parapet, put
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A child on the wrong side of the parapet at Ledgard Bridge, Mirfield
We asked them why they hadn't made their parapet higher so that in the day they could walk upright instead of having to crawl about in their two doubles.
Bridge maintenance engineers have assessed the damage and determined that partial dismantling of the damaged parapet will be required and repairs to the pier at river level, and to the face of pedestrians landings are necessary.
The closure of the inside lane is necessary as the parapet section of the retaining wall between the A470 and Cilfynydd Road above has deteriorated and is deemed structurally unsafe.
The height of the concrete parapet on the exit ramp going down from Skyway just beside Resorts World is double the height of the parapet at the Skyway.
A goods train''''s guard cheated death by hanging onto the parapet 150ft above the river below after his van caught fire in a collision between two trains.
Some have come off particularly vulnerable areas such as parapet walls or chimney stacks but the most likely source is the brickwork beneath the damp-proof course.
The two fountains, set in the original footprint of the towers, are each framed by a bronze parapet inscribed with the names of the 2,983 victims of the attacks.
The Above The Parapet Un-Convention taking place tomorrow at the Westgarth Social Club from 3pm promises "a blistering blend of political/topical songwriters, musicians, poets and writers, talks on politics and music alongside art and information stalls".
Dubai: Police arrested four people after a parapet of a workers' accommodation building in Al Quoz Industrial Area 3 collapsed on Friday morning, killing two workers and injuring one.
The easiest thing to get right about parapet construction is to keep rainwater from getting into the top of them.
The council spokesman added: "The new parapet cost an estimated pounds 135,000 as part of a larger project.
In the most severe cases, it may be necessary to completely rebuild the parapet wall with steel reinforcing bars dowelled into the structure below the roof line.
On Wednesday night, Lewis reportedly had a party with his friends at his residence and later picked up an air gun, and fired at the outer parapet wall, but the bullet hit a local youngster Santosh.
The missing piece is a parapet, a wall or railing along the front of a roof or platform, that was removed from the original design during the 1890s.