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over head and ears Explained

Over head and ears at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Over \O"ver\, prep. [AS. ofer; akin to D. over, G. ["u]ber, OHG.
ubir, ubar, Dan. over, Sw. ["o]fver, Icel. yfir, Goth. ufar,
L. super, Gr. ?, Skr. upari. ?199. Cf. {Above}, {Eaves},
{Hyper-}, {Orlop}, {Super-}, {Sovereign}, {Up}.]
1. Above, or higher than, in place or position, with the idea
of covering; -- opposed to {under}; as, clouds are over
our heads; the smoke rises over the city.

The mercy seat that is over the testimony. --Ex.
xxx. 6.

Over them gleamed far off the crimson banners of
morning. --Longfellow.

2. Across; from side to side of; -- implying a passing or
moving, either above the substance or thing, or on the
surface of it; as, a dog leaps over a stream or a table.

Certain lakes . . . poison birds which fly over
them. --Bacon.

3. Upon the surface of, or the whole surface of; hither and
thither upon; throughout the whole extent of; as, to
wander over the earth; to walk over a field, or over a

4. Above; -- implying superiority in excellence, dignity,
condition, or value; as, the advantages which the
Christian world has over the heathen. --Swift.

5. Above in authority or station; -- implying government,
direction, care, attention, guard, responsibility, etc.;
-- opposed to {under}.

Thou shalt be over my house. --Gen. xli.

I will make thee rules over many things. --Matt.
xxv. 23.

Dost thou not watch over my sin ? --Job xiv. 16.

His tender mercies are over all his works. --Ps.
cxlv. 9.

6. Across or during the time of; from beginning to end of;
as, to keep anything over night; to keep corn over winter.

7. Above the perpendicular height or length of, with an idea
of measurement; as, the water, or the depth of water, was
over his head, over his shoes.

8. Beyond; in excess of; in addition to; more than; as, it
cost over five dollars. ``Over all this.'' --Chaucer.

9. Above, implying superiority after a contest; in spite of;
notwithstanding; as, he triumphed over difficulties; the
bill was passed over the veto.

Note: Over, in poetry, is often contracted into o'er.

Note: Over his signature (or name) is a substitute for the
idiomatic English form, under his signature (name, hand
and seal, etc.), the reference in the latter form being
to the authority under which the writing is made,
executed, or published, and not the place of the
autograph, etc.

{Over all} (Her.), placed over or upon other bearings, and
therefore hinding them in part; -- said of a charge.

{Over head and ears}, beyond one's depth; completely; wholly;
hopelessly; as, over head and ears in debt.