Meaning of up to the eyes in English:

up to the eyes

(also up to one's eyes)

phrase

  • 1British informal Extremely busy.

    • ‘I'm up to my eyes this morning’
    • ‘What we want is the people who aren't up to their eyes to step forward and take it on.’
    • ‘At least that's the ambitious aim of the team behind the biggest children's event in the South East, who on their own admission are ‘up to their eyes’ in finalising their preparations.’
    • ‘While they appreciate that he is up to his eyes, they know that he will still find time to help.’
    • ‘John Holian will be up to his eyes with people looking for tickets.’
    • ‘I'm up to my eyes in work, particularly preparing for tomorrow's plant fair at Pashley.’
    • ‘But in the mean time, I'm up to my eyes in her work.’
    • ‘I could tell you that I've been up to my eyes in work.’
    • ‘I am up to my eyes in tartan just now making ‘kilts’ for 10 of the French locals.’
    • ‘I'm only weeks away from getting married and hence up to my eyes in work.’
    • ‘I have not written you because first I have been up to my eyes with work.’
    very busy, fully occupied
    1. 1.1Used to emphasize the extreme degree of an unpleasant situation.
      • ‘the council is up to its eyes in debt’
      • ‘There's no point in reminding you that right now you are probably up to your eyes in freshly calved cows, stubborn heifers, loud calves (with all their problems) and a farmyard with an ever increasing daily workload to contend with.’
      • ‘There is nothing worse than lying awake at night sick with worry because, despite doing your best to work hard, to raise your children and pay your bills, you are up to your eyes in final reminders that you cannot pay.’
      • ‘It may be the season to be jolly, but most of us are just up to our eyes in debt, run off our feet and completely partied out.’
      • ‘In his late 20's, he's a sharp dresser, big smoker, has a mortgage and is up to his eyes in debt.’
      • ‘Are you up to your eyes in debt or struggling to pay the mortgage?’
      • ‘Of course, if you are up to your eyes in debts, then repaying these first must take priority over saving.’
      very busy, fully occupied