above (someone's) head

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above (someone's) head

Not understood by one because it is too complex or subtle for their comprehension. My jokes always seem to go above Stephanie's head, so I'm glad you think I'm funny at least.
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above your head

beyond your ability to understand.
See also: above, head

above/over somebody’s ˈhead

too difficult for somebody to understand: It was clear from the expression on his face that the lecture went completely over his head.
See also: above, head, over
References in classic literature ?
The vessel was slowly rising and now the anchor was beyond the blacks who faced me and several feet above their heads.
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.
So intent were they upon their gratulations that they entirely failed to note the silent passage of the man-beast above their heads, nor did Tantor, either, see or hear him, even though Tarzan called to him to stop.
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 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.
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.
The boys, literally speechless, raised their hands above their heads and meekly stood that way for about 20 minutes until Jones County Sheriff Chris Jung arrived to take them into custody.
A popular pose is travellers gazing quizzically at their road maps with the sign for Lost above their heads.
In a group of chimpanzees now living in Tanzania's Mihale Mountains National Park, grooming partners sometimes both raise their right (or left) arms above their heads and grasp each others' wrists as they take turns cleaning one another.
Could this herald a 1970s revival, with every team containing at least three fully-bearded players, and goal-scorers clasping their hands together above their heads while a maximum of two colleagues pat them on the back and the rest hurry back to take up position for the restart?