pluralheadsor in sense 6head
pluralheadsor in sense 6head
Learner's definition of HEAD
1 [count] : the part of the body containing the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth
She patted the dog on the head.
He nodded his head in agreement.
The ceiling's low—watch your head!
They were covered from head to foot/toe in mud. [=they were completely covered in mud]
He has a full head of hair. [=he has a full amount of hair on his head]
2 [count] : a person's mental ability: mind or intellect
You shouldn't let your heart rule your head. [=you should be guided by reason and not by your emotions]
She did some quick calculations in her head. [=without writing anything; mentally]
I keep hearing that song in my head. = That song keeps running through my head. = I can't get that song out of my head.
It never even entered my head to run for office. [=I never thought of running for office]
The problem is all in his head. [=the problem is not real; he's just imagining it]
Don't go putting ideas in/into his head. [=don't cause him to have ideas or suspicions that he would not have himself]
You should put that idea out of your head. [=you should stop thinking about that idea]
She always says the first thing that comes/pops into her head. [=the first thing that she thinks of]
I'm sure we can solve this problem if we just use our heads. [=think carefully]
That guy should have his head examined. = That guy is not right in the head. [=that guy is crazy]
You need a cool/calm head [=an ability to remain calm] to deal with someone like him.
a clear head [=an ability to think clearly]
◊ If you have a good head on your shoulders, you are intelligent and have good judgment.
When you get/take it into your head to do something, you suddenly decide to do it in a way that seems foolish or surprising.
If you get it into your head that something is true, you begin to believe something even though there is no good reason for believing it.
3 [count] : a person who has a specified mental or emotional quality 4 [singular] : a distance equal to the length of a head 5 [count] : the front side of a coin: the side of a coin that shows a picture of a person's head— usually used in the plural to refer to one of the two choices you can make when a coin is thrown in the air to decide something 6 head [plural] : individual animals
7 a : an end of something that is like a head in shape or position— usually singular— often + of
b : the part of an object that hits or touches something else
She placed the pillows at the head of the bed.
We arrived early so that we'd be at the head [=front] of the line.
The chairman sat at the head of the table.
the head [=top] of a nail/pin/screw
— often + of
a grinding head
the hammer's head
the head of a spear
the head of a golf club
8 [noncount] : the position of being a leader
9 a : a person who leads or directs a group or organization— often + of
— often used before another noun b chiefly British
She is the head of our sales division.
heads of families/households
heads of state [=leaders of countries]
10 [count] : a tight mass of leaves or flowers on a plant 11 [count] : the place where a stream or river begins— usually singular 12 [singular] : pressure caused by the water or steam in a machine
◊ When an engine has a full head of steam, it has built up a full amount of power. This phrase is often used figuratively to describe something that is moving forward in a fast and powerful way.
13 [count] : the bubbles that form on the top of some liquids (such as beer)— usually singular 14 [singular] : the point at which a situation becomes very serious or when action is required 15 [count] : a small, inflamed area on the skin with a spot in the middle
a big/swelled headinformal
: an overly high opinion of yourself
a price on someone's head
eyes in the back of your head
get it through someone's head
: to cause someone to learn and remember something
get it through your head
: to accept or understand (something)
get your head roundBritish
: to understand (something)
go over someone's head
: to discuss something with a person who is higher in rank than someone else
go to your head
1 of an alcoholic drink : to make you feel drunk 2 : to make you believe that you are better than other people
have a head for
: to have an ability to understand or deal with (something)
have/get your head (screwed) on right/straightinformal
: to think or act in a smart and sensible way
She's young, but it's clear that she has her head screwed on right.
You think that's a good idea? You need to get your head screwed on straight.
head and shoulders above
— used to say that someone or something is much better than others
head in the sand
◊ If you bury/have/hide (etc.) your head in the sand, you ignore something unpleasant that you should be dealing with.
head over heels
: very deeply in love
We were head over heels (in love).
He fell head over heels for some girl he met at school.
(US) He went head over heels for her.
◊ If you say that heads will roll or (less commonly) heads are going to roll, you mean that people will be severely punished or will lose their jobs because of something that has happened.
hold up your headorhold your head (up) high
: to be proud: to not feel ashamed
keep your head above water
: to avoid financial failure while having money problems
keep your head downinformal
: to behave in a quiet way that does not attract attention
knock some sense into someone's head
knock (something) on the head
lose your head
: to become very upset or angry
not make head or/nor tail ofinformalor USnot make heads or/nor tails (out) of
: to be unable to understand (something)
off your headBritish, informal
on your head
1 : with the upper and lower parts of your body reversed in position 2 : in or into great disorder 3 — used to say that you will be blamed for something
out of your headinformal
: unable to act or think in a reasonable and controlled way because of drunkenness or strong emotion
over your head
: beyond your understanding or ability
The technical details were over my head. [=too complicated for me to understand]
That joke went right over my head. [=I did not get that joke]
We realized after we started the business that we were (in) over our heads. [=we were trying to do something that was too difficult]
put/stick/raise your head above the parapet
put your heads together
: to think of a solution to a problem with another person
rear/raise its ugly head
◊ If something bad rears/raises its ugly head, it suddenly becomes obvious or causes trouble.
scratch your headinformal
: to be confused about something and unable to understand the reason for it
scream/shout/yell/laugh (etc.) your head offinformal
: to scream/shout/yell/laugh (etc.) very loudly or for a long time
She was screaming her head off.
You can shout your head off at him, but he still won't listen.
If they saw me dressed like this, they'd laugh their heads off.
two heads are better than one
— used to say that it is easier for two people who help each other to solve a problem than it is for one person to solve a problem alone
: to attract attention or notice
heads; headed; heading
heads; headed; heading
Learner's definition of HEAD
1 a : to be the leader of (something)— often + up b : to be first on (a list) 2 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] : to go in a specified direction or toward a specified place
She turned around and headed (for) home.
I hopped in the car and headed down the street.
After lunch, we headed back to the office.
She headed out early this morning.
The birds have already started heading south for the winter.
— often + for— often used figuratively
◊ To be heading or headed somewhere is to be going or directed somewhere.
The economy may be heading into a recession.
If you keep acting like this, you'll be heading/headed for trouble!
3 [+ object], soccer : to hit (the ball) with your head
head off[phrasal verb]
1 : to go to another place 2 head (someone) off or head off (someone) : to stop (someone) from moving forward 3 head (something) off or head off (something) : to prevent (something) from happening