from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. with the whole person; deeply; completely; as, he was head and ears in debt or in trouble.
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He grudged every moment of life sleep robbed him of, and before the clock had ceased its clattering he was head and ears in the washbasin and thrilling to the cold bite of the water.
She mounted again beside her lover, with a mute obedience characteristic of impassioned natures at times, and when they had wrapped themselves up over head and ears in the sail-cloth again, they plunged back into the now thick night.
Not that the phrase is at all to my liking: for to say a man is fallen in love, — or that he is deeply in love, — or up to the ears in love, — and sometimes even over head and ears in it, — carries an idiomatical kind of implication, that love is a thing below a man: — this is recurring again to
Johnson, "after a beautiful accomplished South Carolina heiress, worth a cool hundred thousand in cash, with kinky-heads according; and he has only to stretch out his hand to her and she'll snatch at it; for everybody sees that she is over head and ears in love with him, as indeed all the girls in Morristown are; for Bill is death among the pullets."
Chase, was over head and ears in love with her, and had lately made unmistakable avowals in luscious strawberries and hyperbolical peas.