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keep one's head above water

keep one's head above water

Date: Sep 24 2015

Themes: Celebrity, Health, Music, Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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My friends and family are my support system. They tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear. Their love for me is what’s keeping my head above water.”

Singer Kelly Clarkson, talking about the importance of family and friends (BrainyQuote)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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stay out of trouble; keep up with one’s work and needs

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Do you ever feel like life is too hard? Maybe it’s difficult to keep up with all of your work, or you don’t have enough money to pay all of your bills. Maybe everybody is asking you for too many things. At times like this, it can be really hard to keep your head above water.

To keep one’s head above water means to be OK in life even if one has many problems, especially those that involve money. Some people are born with a lot of money, and often don’t have to worry about keeping their heads above water. But most people aren’t so lucky, and life can be very difficult. It’s all about having a good attitude through hard times.

Singer Kelly Clarkson says she wouldn’t be able to keep her head above water without her family and friends. They are the people that keep her healthy and able to do her job. Most people would probably agree with her that family and friends make our lives better.

How do you keep your head above water? What’s a situation where you felt like you couldn’t?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“It’s hard to keep your head above water when you don’t have a job and the bills keep coming.”

“How does Mary keep her head above water with six kids?”

“The stress became too much and I couldn’t keep my head above water.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

To support you, to help you survive.
by La Princesse de la vie
aijaciba Be able to survive in situation of financial difficulties.
by aijaciba
ruthworku I think it means hanging in there and to keep going forward even if things seem difficult.
by ruthworku

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The most relevant point we need to get is nobody care about ourselves like we do. No matter how it hard is- just keep your head above water and later the destiny will pay it to you back extra!

07:23 PM Jan 16 2016 |

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I don’t want fall behind that why I always keeping my head above water

12:30 AM Sep 29 2015 |

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In my country is very difficult to keep one´s head above water because we have a lot of problems. Security, money are the most annoying things that you have to deal them.

04:37 PM Sep 24 2015 |


United States

I want to keep my head above water , because I don’t want to be suffocated ….lol … just kidding . 

03:27 PM Sep 24 2015 |



United States

I a good smmer It fun.

12:13 PM Sep 24 2015 |




keeping head above the water is optimistic. Also helps to submerge the head a little bit – sort of to meet the trouble half- way. To sort it out in the beginning by learning how to breath in difficult situation before the huge wave will engulf you and pull down to the bottom.

10:01 AM Sep 24 2015 |



It means to be OK in life even if one has many problems. 保持乐观

08:27 AM Sep 24 2015 |


Russian Federation

Currently I have the difficult and important period in my life. Making preparation to Major Inspection of some gas turbine engines and generators, analysing drawings to make a proper order of spare parts and so forth. In situation like this not so easy to keep my head above water. You have to be well-versed as in theory as in practiсe. And at the same time you have to strike a balance to be able to spend enough time with your family.

01:23 AM Sep 24 2015 |

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