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above water

1. In possession of an asset that has more value than the price it was purchased for or any related debts. Property values in our neighborhood have gone up so much that we're above water on our house.
2. Avoiding being consumed by a stressful or unpleasant situation (often related to work or finance). If credit cards are the only thing keeping you above water, then your situation is more dire than I thought.
See also: above, water

above water

1. Being or holding an asset that is worth more than its purchase price or the debt owed on it.
2. Making more than enough money to meet financial obligations.
See also: above, water
References in classic literature ?
For a long time Ulysses was under water, and it was all he could do to rise to the surface again, for the clothes Calypso had given him weighed him down; but at last he got his head above water and spat out the bitter brine that was running down his face in streams.
It is clear that this applies to all those breathless and hasty "tasters of everything," who plunge too rashly into the sea of independent thought and "heresy," and who, having miscalculated their strength, find it impossible to keep their head above water.
It was the 6th of November, in the sixth year of my reign - or my captivity, which you please - that I set out on this voyage, and I found it much longer than I expected; for though the island itself was not very large, yet when I came to the east side of it, I found a great ledge of rocks lie out about two leagues into the sea, some above water, some under it; and beyond that a shoal of sand, lying dry half a league more, so that I was obliged to go a great way out to sea to double the point.
After his father's death it had taken time to get his head above water, and he did not want Andrew Hale, or any one else in Starkfield, to think he was going under again.
Manifestly this: That, in order to keep a vessel above water, it is necessary to take care that the vessel and its cargo shall be of less weight than the weight of a quantity of water -- pray follow me here
Miss Haldin's interruption resembled the effort of a drowning person to keep above water.
The hook had caught him under the right armpit, and he swayed, erect and horrible, head and shoulders above water.
The Hamburg ship, filling all at once, cap- sized as she sank, and at daylight there was not even the end of a spar to be seen above water.
A spokesman said: "Two passing members of the public assisted her partner in keeping her above water until the lifeboat crew were able to pull her out.
The other contract will include the establishment of a 4km road above water and mangrove areas to connect the south side of Umm Lafina Island with Sheikh Zayed Road.
In addition, the project will include building three bridges above water canals to maintain water traffic.
The additional sand caused Sandy Cay to be permanently above water.
Above water there may appear to be only minimal local damage with the structures appearing to be out-of-square.
Andrew Lewis took the attention of the swimmers next - starting with the gentle sound of a tide before incorporating sublime choral harmonics above water and catastrophic vacuum-like noise below.
Phillips, who was not present, added: "I'd like to say a big thank-you to Ruth Bailey, who kept his head above water, to Nicky Carlisle [the course inspector], who helped dig the bank out so they could get him out of the stream, and to the vets, the fire brigade and everyone else who played a part.