Be up to neck in something | English idioms

When you are up to neck in something, you are very busy. Read the piece of conversation given below.

I’m up to my neck in work

Storyline: Aditi has been working at her desk for a long time. So her friend Priya suggests that she should take a break.

Priya: Let’s take a coffee break, shall we?

Aditi: I’d like to, but I can’t.

Priya: Why? You’ve been sitting at that desk since morning. You haven’t even had your lunch. What keeps you so busy?

Aditi: I’m up to my neck in work. I’ve got to finish this assignment today itself. If I don’t, the manager will show me the door.

Priya: I understand, but you can’t sit on that computer forever. You need to take a break every now and then.


To show someone the door is to dismiss them.

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