Go Over Someone's Head - Idiom

Video Overview

The idiom ‘go over someone’s head' is used when something is ‘hard to understand or confusing' or when someone has ‘missed the point’. As an action (verb), ‘to go over someone’s head' means to bypass them to speak directly with their superior. This video explains the meanings of the idiom ‘go over one’s head'. We explain how to use it with some easy examples for Social and Business English.

Video Analysis

This idiom has two separate meanings. When something goes over someone’s head, like if someone tells a joke to a group but one person doesn’t understood it while everyone else is laughing, that means that the joke went over that person’s head. Additionally, if an employee has a question, and goes to the Regional Manager instead of their Line Manager, that means they have gone over their line manager’s head.

Further Examples:

  1. The early morning meetings go over my head. I need a coffee first.

  2. The local police station are no help with anti-social behaviour. It’s better to go over their heads and contact a local politician.

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