keep one's head above water

Definition of keep one's head above water

  1. :  to avoid financial failure while having money problems We have so much debt that we're barely able to keep our heads above water.

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keepplay
  1. :  to retain in one's possession or power

    :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

    :  to have in control

  1. :  the means or provisions by which one is kept

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

    :  fortress, castle

headplay
  1. :  the upper or anterior division of the animal body that contains the brain, the chief sense organs, and the mouth

    :  the seat of the intellect :  mind

    :  a person with respect to mental qualities

  1. :  of, relating to, or intended for the upper or anterior division of the animal body that contains the brain, the chief sense organs, and the mouth :  of, relating to, or intended for the head (see 1head 1)

    :  principal, chief

    :  located at the end that is upper or higher :  situated at the head (see 1head 5a)

  1. :  behead

    :  to put the striking part of a weapon, tool, or implement on :  fit a head (see 1head 9b) to

    :  to form the uppermost extremity or projecting part of :  to form the head or top of

aboveplay
  1. :  in the sky :  overhead

    :  in or to heaven

    :  in or to a higher place

  1. :  in or to a higher place than :  over

    :  upriver of

    :  superior to (as in rank, quality, or degree)

  1. :  something that is above

    :  a person whose name is written above

    :  a higher authority

  1. :  written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page

waterplay
  1. :  the liquid that descends from the clouds as rain, forms streams, lakes, and seas, and is a major constituent of all living matter and that when pure is an odorless, tasteless, very slightly compressible liquid oxide of hydrogen H2O which appears bluish in thick layers, freezes at 0° C and boils at 100° C, has a maximum density at 4° C and a high specific heat, is feebly ionized to hydrogen and hydroxyl ions, and is a poor conductor of electricity and a good solvent

    :  a particular quantity or body of water: such as

    :  the water occupying or flowing in a particular bed

  1. :  to moisten, sprinkle, or soak with water

    :  to supply with water for drink

    :  to supply water to


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