keep (one's) head down

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keep (one's) head down

To actively avoid conflict or attention. I'm keeping my head down at work these days because I don't want to be among the layoffs that are sure to accompany our recent change in leadership.
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Keep your head down.

Fig. Lie low, try not to be noticed. My advice to you is to keep your head down for the moment. Keep your head down. It'll blow over.
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keep your head down

COMMON If you keep your head down, you try to avoid being noticed or becoming involved in something. I just decided to keep my head down and do my job and eventually I was accepted by my male colleagues. If you had been content to keep your head down and lead a quiet life, none of this would have happened. Note: You can also say that you get your head down. I thought I'd better get my head down somewhere and ask for police protection. Compare with get your head down.
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keep your head down

remain inconspicuous in difficult or dangerous times. informal
1995 Edward Toman Dancing in Limbo All his instincts told him to keep his head down. He didn't need Lily's constant nagging to remind him he was in deep trouble.
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keep your ˈhead down

(informal)
1 avoid being noticed or being seen in public: She’s so unpopular with the voters that the Prime Minister has told her to keep her head down until after the election.In the army you soon learn to keep your head down and stay out of trouble.
2 work very hard: He kept his head down for weeks before the final exams.
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I have told him to keep his head down, keep working hard and hopefully he will get his chance in the first team again.
THIBAUT COURTOIS revealed he had been told to keep his head down - by the man who wants his shirt back.
He's getting better and better and he just needs to keep his head down and keep working hard.
I recall an elderly person who had a one-inch pile of holy cards that she would read during Mass, another who would keep his head down all the time, and then there are the parents with children, trying hard to keep them directed to the altar.
On Mr Miliband, he wrote: "The prime minister must push him to take positions: expose his strategy (to keep his head down, silently hope that the economy continues to go wonky and, well, just be the other guy), challenge him to take a view on the tricky issues.
It would have done him no harm to stay with the Under-21s, keep his head down, his nose clean and continue learning the ropes at Newcastle.
MICHAEL Owen will keep his head down and continue battling to win back his England place after being left out of Fabio Capello's squad to face Holland on Wednesday.
But just when you thought he might keep his head down, Styles has apparently been booked as an after-dinner speaker for a RAC Club sports functions at Epsom on July 1 when he has allegedly promised to 'talk about some of his more controversial decisions'.
To his credit Ryan has taken his punishment on the chin and is going to keep his head down.
It has been difficult for him to break through but I have told him to keep his head down, work hard in training and take his chance.
He said his father helps him identify and correct subtle flaws in his technique - sometimes leaving his leg out too much, or failing to keep his head down - that can make a big difference against some of the elite-level opponents he's expected to face as he makes a run for a possible state championship berth.
Gillespie, 33, will return to Sheffield determined to keep his head down and fitness levels high for Northern Ireland.
But Roger has learned to keep his head down and take the rough with the smooth-and what a difference a year can make.