knee-deep

[knee-deep] or [neck-deep] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Very much;deeply; having a big part in.

Johnny was knee-deep in trouble.

2.Very busy; working hard at.

We were neck-deep in homework beforethe exams.

3. Getting or having many or much.

The televisionstation was knee-deep in phone calls.

Compare: UP TO THE CHIN IN.