Idiom of the Week: Go Over Someone’s Head

Meaning: To not understand something.


The teacher explained how to use past perfect tense but it went over all the students’ heads.

My supervisor’s instructions went completely over my head, so I had to ask a co-worker for help.

“I would tell you but I’m afraid it would go over your head,” said the scientist.


Pop Quiz:

What’s the best reply to someone who says to you, “That went right over my head“?

A.  “Let me try to explain it in a different way.”

B.  “I’m happy to hear that.”

C. “You’re so stupid!”

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is A. If something went over someone’s head, that means they don’t understand – so that means you should try to explain it again in a way that’s easier for them to understand. And you should never call them stupid because it’s probably your fault that they don’t understand!

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