knee-deep in (something)
1. Literally, in or amongst something that reaches up to one's knees. Emergency crews were knee-deep in water as they tried to repair the burst water main. We emerged from the forest and found ourselves knee-deep in a field of wildflowers.
2. Having a plentiful or excessive amount or number of something. I'm always knee-deep in tests and book reports to grade at the end of the semester. Our office has been knee-deep 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-deep in scandal after an undercover journalist exposed its CEO's practice of bribing politicians. We're going to end up knee-deep in debt if our next product isn't a major success.
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*knee-deep in something
1. Fig. heavily involved in something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Right now, we are knee-deep in trouble.
2. Fig. having plenty of something. (*Typically: be ~; Stand ~.) We are knee-deep in orders and loving it.
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