keep one's head above water

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Definition of keep one's head above water

: 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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“Keep one's head above water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20one%27s%20head%20above%20water. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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