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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

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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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The rail giant were called upon to make changes to the parapets to make them more attractive and in keeping with the surrounding landscape.
The works comprised cast-iron structural repairs requiring metal stitching, masonry repairs, new waterproofing to address water leakage, restoration of damaged cast-iron copers, new independent parapets and repainting to get the structure back to its former glory.
Work will start on Tuesday to replace the steel parapets and carry out concrete repairs at the ends of Hebble Viaduct and the exit slip road that leads to Boothtown.
If the tops of the parapets or chimneys are not properly weathered to shed the rainwater and snow melt, the water will soak into the top bricks and frost will attack them.
The announcement was made at Gulf Industry Fair in mid-January where the company launched its latest product, bridge parapets.
Historically, so many problems have occurred with parapets that we have a name for it: "parapetitus.
Nearby Holy Trinity Church in Broadgate has just received a pounds 580,000 English Heritage grant to help with repairs to the chancel roof and parapets.
An eclectic blend of Italian Renaissance, Gothic and Moorish influences can be seen in the 23-story building: cloistered sky terraces, parapets, elegant arches and arcades, dramatic Corinthian pillars and two Art Deco towers that bring spectacular views into many of the residences.
From the parapets at Alexandra Palace we contemplate the distant ridge where London finally ends, and descend to watch a flotilla of ducks looking lost on the New River," narrates the dybbuk Kokos, the spirit taking up residence in Rainbow's soul.
David Grove, Hill and Smith chief executive, said: "We had a factory in Birmingham that produces both steel and aluminium parapets and we have moved the steel business to Teesside.
The project to replace parapets on the A167 Gateshead Viaduct has been finished weeks in advance.
Confirming the award of the 25-week contract to Edmund Nuttall Ltd,Mr Davies said: ``The strengthening works will replace substandard masonry parapets on the approaches to the two bridge decks carrying the eastbound carrying the eastbound carriage way of the A55 over the east and west portals of the London to Holyhead railway tunnel.
They identify the top edge of the building, carrying echoes of the scalloped parapets of Bath buildings stepping down steep streets of the Georgian city.
In 1969, the City of San Francisco enacted an ordinance setting higher safety standards for parapets and cornices on buildings (due to the hazardous conditions resulting from earthquakes).