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what's 'buried' mean here?

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Rebecca

Good question. It may seem confusing to use "bury" in this context. However, one of the definitions of "bury" is "immerse," "absorb," or "engross." You might hear sentences like: Ex: She buried herself in her work. Ex: He was buried in housework throughout the week. We often see "bury" used in combination with "head" or "face," especially in the context of reading. In this case, the speaker is saying that he was engrossed in/concentrating very hard on reading/looking at the map, so his chin was "buried" in it. Ex: His head was buried in a good book. Ex: That book must be very interesting, considering how his face is buried in it.

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