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To keep your head above water

Synchronised swimmers performing

French synchronised swimmers at the World Swimming Championships. Photo: Michael Dalder/ Reuters

Today's Phrase

If you say you're trying to keep your head above water, you mean you are just managing to survive despite not having much money.

Examples:

Our company isn't doing very well but we're just about keeping our head above water.

I'm struggling to pay the bills; I don't know if I can keep my head above water.

Take note

To be in deep water means to be in trouble or a difficult situation that is hard to deal with.

Examples:

We're going to be in deep water if someone finds out that we broke that window.

Interesting fact

Synchronised swimming is a mix of swimming, dancing and gymnastics. It is an Olympic sport but only women are allowed to enter. Swimmers are judged on two performances – one technical and one freestyle. Russia won the synchronised swimming event in the 2012 Olympics in London.

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