keep (one's) head above water

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keep (one's) head above water

1. Literally, to hold one's head out of the water as to avoid drowning. This lifejacket will help Sally to keep her head above water in the pool.
2. To (barely) avoid being consumed by a stressful or unpleasant situation (often related to work or finance). If credit cards are the only thing keeping your head above water, then your situation is more dire than I thought.
See also: above, head, keep, water

keep one's head above water

 
1. Lit. to keep from drowning when swimming or floating. (See also get one's head above water.) I was so tired I could hardly keep my head above water.
2. . Fig. to manage to survive, especially financially. We have so little money that we can hardly keep our heads above water. It's hard to keep your head above water on this much money.
3. Fig. to keep up with one's work. It's all I can do to keep my head above water with the work I have. I can't take on any more. We have so many orders that we can hardly keep our heads above water.
See also: above, head, keep, water

head above water, keep one's

Stay out of trouble, especially financial difficulties; also, keep up with work or other demands. For example, With new bills coming in every day they're barely keeping their heads above water, or The work's piling up, but I manage to keep my head above water. This expression alludes to keeping oneself from drowning. [Early 1700s] Also see in deep.
See also: above, head, keep

keep your head above water

COMMON If you keep your head above water, you have just enough money to live on or to continue with a business. Thousands of small businesses are struggling to keep their heads above water. I need two jobs just to keep my head above water.
See also: above, head, keep, water

keep your head above water

avoid succumbing to difficulties, especially falling into debt.
See also: above, head, keep, water

keep your ˈhead above water

succeed in staying out of debt; manage to deal with tasks, responsibilities, etc: The company had great difficulty keeping its head above water during the economic crisis.I don’t know how she manages to keep her head above water. She has so much to do.
See also: above, head, keep, water
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Members of the public managed to keep her head above water before RNLI crews arrived.
It is hard to imagine Black as anything other than buoyant with a show like this, but should her spirits waver, she's certain to find a way to keep her head above water.
She said: "After the band split, I had hours a day on the phone for months just trying to keep her head above water.
In the van, she lies about having loads of contacts in London to keep her head above water - but Zak and Eli feel guilty for sending her away.
Callum ( who started swimming lessons only last week ( noticed Caitlan kept going under and managed to keep her head above water.
Her husband Michael, 44, and son Adam, 14, watched on helplessly as she battled to keep her head above water.
Amongst these "extraordinary" women resides 10-year-old Amber, who is smart and determined to keep her head above water despite trials of mental and physical abuse inflicted by her mother.
Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said the woman's friends were unable to get her out of the pool on Beckford Avenue because of her weight, and tried to keep her head above water, but she was not breathing and had no pulse when rescue crews arrived.
Meanwhile, Bianca is delighted when Ricky tracks her down at the social services and he's forced to think on his feet when his old flame embroils him in her latest plan to keep her head above water.
They had been alerted by the screams of three-year-old Teresa who managed to keep her head above water by hanging on to the buggy.
She survived rising tides by standing on rocks to keep her head above water.