ba'u mayim ad nafesh


  • (sentence) "Things are critical; it's make or break" (Glinert)

Example Sentences

  • "How could things get worse? MORE development, fewer infrastructure and resources to manage the growth, and a stagnant public school population with such a voracious budget. Ba’U Mayim Ad Nafesh!" (source)

  • "and if he’s barely surviving now, shouldn’t he have a backup plan for ba’u mayim ad nafesh?" (source)

  • "If you look through some of the threads around here you will see that it seems, ba’u mayim ad nefesh." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • באו מים עד נפש ba'u mayim ad nafesh 'the waters have reached my neck', from Psalm 69

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

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