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be hanging over someone's head

Definition of be hanging over someone's head in English:

(Of something unpleasant) threaten to affect someone at any moment: uncertainty about the group’s future was hanging over their heads
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  • They wanted to provide a better world for everyone that was over there, and they certainly don't deserve a fate that is hanging over their head.
  • Add to this year's mix the fact that I'm supposed to complete a novel this month, my favorite boss is running for a position in a different court, this school program that is hanging over my head and you have a recipe for a nervous breakdown.
  • This is the noise I am making as I finish, print out and collate a pack of 7 essays that have been hanging over my head for ages and ages, ready to hand in as the last act before the holidays.
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