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keep (one's) head below the parapet

To hide or remain inconspicuous in an attempt to avoid trouble or danger. I wouldn't say anything right now—just keep your head below the parapet for the time being.
See also: below, head, keep, parapet

put (one's) head above the parapet

To brave the risk of receiving unfavorable reactions from others by stating or defending opinions that may be considered controversial. Thank goodness that someone put their head above the parapet and drew customers' attention to the deceitful practices of these corporations. Several senators put their heads above the parapet and defended the legislation against attacks from their own party.
See also: above, head, parapet, put

stick (one's) head above the parapet

To state or defend opinions that may be considered controversial in spite of the risk of receiving unfavorable reactions from others. Thank goodness that someone is willing to stick their head above the parapet and drew customers' attention to the deceitful practices of these corporations. Several senators stuck their heads above the parapet and defended the legislation against their own party.
See also: above, head, parapet, stick

put your head above the parapet

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stick your head above the parapet

BRITISH
If you put your head above the parapet or stick your head above the parapet, you give an opinion in public about something that may cause people to attack or criticize you. A number of politicians hold this unpopular view, though few are prepared to put their heads above the parapet and admit it. In giving his main character political opinions which are quite obviously his own, the author risks sticking his head above the parapet. Note: Verbs such as raise or lift can be used instead of put and stick. People have become more and more reluctant to raise their head above the parapet — people are frightened to address these issues. Note: If you keep your head below the parapet, you do not risk saying something in public that might be attacked or criticized. Most experts have preferred to keep their heads below the parapet, well aware of the kind of panic headlines that their findings could produce. Note: Parapets are banks of earth or walls which soldiers build for protection against enemy attacks.
See also: above, head, parapet, put
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"However, more recent surveys of the stonework condition have shown that this solution is no longer viable as the condition of the parapet stonework has worsened."
The local witnesses said both boys got slipped into the well as they were passing by it in quite haste, adding, the well was not safe as it did not have parapet walls around it.
Mr Tiltman said residents have also seen startled animals attempt to jump the bridge parapet on Heol Spencer, near the M4 motorway.
A PLANNING application has been submitted to increase the height of the balustrade around the top of Loughborough's Beehive Lane multi-storey car park, to deter people from climbing on to the parapet of the building.
The fourth case, is to study the effect of parapet wall louvers height on the cooling tower recirculation.
WE noticed that the trenches were in a very bad state, in some places being only breast-high and the parapet and traverses were crumbling to pieces, and very little barbed wire had been erected in front; there were stacks of barbed wire and sandbags on the back of the trench which had not been used.
The ancient monument has suffered damage to the stone parapet, spandrel wall and central pier, and has been closed off to traf-fic as emergency repairs will be needed.
The height of the concrete parapet on the exit ramp going down from Skyway just beside Resorts World is double the height of the parapet at the Skyway.
A goods train''''s guard cheated death by hanging onto the parapet 150ft above the river below after his van caught fire in a collision between two trains.
Some have come off particularly vulnerable areas such as parapet walls or chimney stacks but the most likely source is the brickwork beneath the damp-proof course.
The Above The Parapet Un-Convention taking place tomorrow at the Westgarth Social Club from 3pm promises "a blistering blend of political/topical songwriters, musicians, poets and writers, talks on politics and music alongside art and information stalls".
Dubai: Police arrested four people after a parapet of a workers' accommodation building in Al Quoz Industrial Area 3 collapsed on Friday morning, killing two workers and injuring one.
The easiest thing to get right about parapet construction is to keep rainwater from getting into the top of them.
The council spokesman added: "The new parapet cost an estimated pounds 135,000 as part of a larger project.