knee-high in (something)

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knee-high in (something)

1. Literally, in or amongst something that reaches up to one's knees. Emergency crews were knee-high in water as they tried to repair the burst water main. We emerged from the forest and found ourselves knee-high in a field of wildflowers.
2. Having a plentiful or excessive amount or number of something. I'm always knee-high in tests and book reports to grade at the end of the semester. Our office has been knee-high in clothing and toys donated by people around the city for our charity drive.
3. Mired in or overwhelmed by something very difficult or troublesome. The company is knee-high in scandal after an undercover journalist exposed its CEO's practice of bribing politicians. We're going to end up knee-high in debt if our next product isn't a major success.