heads down

heads down

[Sun] Concentrating, usually so heavily and for so long that everything outside the focus area is missed. See also hack mode and larval stage, although this mode is hardly confined to fledgling hackers.
References in classic literature ?
It'll be no use their putting their heads down and saying "Come up again, dear!" I shall only look up and say "Who am I then?
"We have just been getting our heads down and working on some new things that we hope will help us improve the longer the weeks go on.
They hit the pavement, heads down until the gunfire stops.
"The players came into the dressing room with their heads down and I told them there's nothing to have your heads down about.
"It is draining, but what the players have done is get their heads down.
"We all want to keep our heads down and do as well as we can.
ROSS NOBLE'S AUSTRALIAN TRIP Five, 10pm Long-haired comedian Noble gets on his bike and heads Down Under for yet another one of those 'comedian doing a travel programme' things.
They jumped into the back of a waiting car, and kept their covered heads down as they sped off to spend the night at a top hotel.
Some might argue that we should keep our feet firmly fixed on the ground, heads down, noses to the grindstone and forget about space exploration.
Utilizing the latest .NET V2.0 ATLAS technology in their Web-based platform that is many multiples faster than previous operating system platforms, the Bedrock partners have achieved a 'heads down' functionality in their system that restores the production speed users once enjoyed and whose savings are multiplied literally thousands of time per day in every system.
GOING STRONG: Barbaro heads down the stretch at the Kentucky Derby.
If they can't leave, they're going to keep their heads down. The idea is to be not seen, not thought about; if they're not thought about, they won't be eliminated.