head1 W1S1 [hed] n
1¦(top of body)¦
4¦(person in charge)¦
5¦(front/leading position)¦
7 a head/per head
9 come to a head
9 bring something to a head
13 laugh/shout/scream etc your head off
14 have a good/fine/thick etc head of hair
15 get/put your head down
16 keep your head down
17 as soon as your head hits the pillow
18 be out of/off your head
19 go to somebody's head
21 put your heads together
22 go over somebody's head
23 can't make head or/nor tail of something
24 have your head in the clouds
25 have a (good) head for figures/facts/business etc
26 head for heights
27 a big head
28 keep your head above water
29 be/stand head and shoulders above somebody
30 hold up your head
31 be (like) banging/bashing etc your head against a brick wall
32 bang/knock somebody's heads together
33 bite/snap somebody's head off
34 turn/stand something on its head
35 give somebody their head
36 be/fall head over heels in love
37 heads will roll
38 the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing
39 on your own head be it
40 do your head in
41 be/get in over your head
42 be over your head in debt
43 go head to head with somebody
44 heads up!
47 head of cattle/sheep etc
48 head of water/steam
51 give (somebody) head
[: Old English; Origin: heafod]
1.) ¦(TOP OF BODY)¦
the top part of your body that has your face at the front and is supported by your neck
He kissed the top of her head.
He turned his head and looked at me.
The men were whispering and shaking their heads .
'You're pregnant?' She nodded her head .
Let us all bow our heads in prayer.
I had no reason to hang my head . I had nothing to be ashamed of.
Her head was cocked to one side.
Tommy scratched his head thoughtfully.
My head's throbbing . I'm going to bed.
He was shaking from head to foot .
Brian's bald head glistened in the blazing sun.
Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury .
2.) ¦(MIND)¦
your mind or mental ability
The problem only exists inside his head.
do sth in your head
(=calculate something mentally)
I can't do those figures in my head.
Use your head to work out the answer.
come into/pop into your head
Jackie said the first thing that came into her head.
get sth into your head
(=understand something)
'It's over, Jake,' she said. 'Try and get that into your head.'
take/get it into your head (to do sth)
(=decide to do something, especially something stupid)
At about two in the morning, Alan took it into his head to go for a swim.
get/put sth out of your head
(=stop thinking or worrying about something)
Try to put it out of your head for the time being.
put sth into sb's head
(=make someone think or believe something)
What's put that idea into her head?
get your head round sth
British English (=be able to understand something)
I just can't get my head round what's been going on here.
a) keep your head
to remain calm and sensible in a difficult or frightening situation
We need a candidate who can keep his or her head even when clients get aggressive.
keep a clear/cool/calm head
Get to sleep early tonight - you'll need to keep a clear head tomorrow at the trial.
b) lose your head
to become unable to behave calmly or sensibly in a difficult or frightening situation
You'll be OK as long as you don't lose your head and forget he's the real enemy.
c) have your head screwed on (straight/right) informal to be sensible and able to deal with difficult situations
He wondered what Gemma thought about it all. She seemed to have her head screwed on.
a) a leader or person in charge of a group or organization
head of
You should discuss the matter with your head of department.
A meeting of Commonwealth heads of state will be held next month.
head waiter/chef/gardener etc
(=the person in charge of a group of waiters etc)
b) also head teacher
British English the person in charge of a school
American Equivalent: principal
From now on all violent incidents should be reported directly to the head.
5.) ¦(FRONT/LEADING POSITION)¦ [singular]
the front or the most important position
(at) the head of sth
Jenny marched proudly at the head of the procession.
At the head of the table (=the place where the most important person sits) sat the senior partners.
at sth's/sb's head
The band of soldiers marched into the yard, their defeated captain at their head.
6.) ¦(CRAZY)¦ [C usually singular]
used in particular phrases to talk about someone being crazy or very stupid
People going out in conditions like this need their heads examined .
be off your head
British English
You must be off your head if you think that.
If I walk in looking like that, they'll think I'm not right in the head .
7.) a head/per head
for each person
Dinner works out at $30 a head.
average incomes per head
8.) ¦(RIVER/VALLEY)¦ [C usually singular]
the place where a river, valley etc begins
9.) come to a head also bring sth to a head
if a problem or difficult situation comes to a head, or something brings it to a head, it suddenly becomes worse and has to be dealt with quickly
Things came to a head in the summer of 1997.
the top of a plant where its flowers or leaves grow
She was outside cutting the dead heads off the roses.
head of
a head of lettuce
11.) ¦(HEIGHT/DISTANCE)¦ [singular]
the length of a head, used to measure height or distance
She saw her father, a head above the rest of the crowd.
by a (short) head
(=used to say that a horse won or lost a race but only by a small amount)
12.) ¦(COIN)¦
the side of a coin that has a picture of a person's head on it
heads or tails?
BrE spoken (=used to decide something, by asking someone which side of a coin they guess will be showing when you throw it in the air and it lands)
tails attail1 (5b)
13.) laugh/shout/scream etc your head off informal
to laugh, shout etc very loudly
Fans were screaming their heads off.
14.) have a good/fine/thick etc head of hair
to have a lot of hair on your head
15.) get/put your head down informal
a) to start working in a quiet determined way
It's time you got your head down and did some revision.
b) BrE to sleep
16.) keep your head down
to try to avoid being noticed or getting involved in something
Do what you're told and keep your head down.
17.) as soon as your head hits the pillow
if you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow, you fall asleep as soon as you lie down
18.) be out of/off your head informal
a) to not know what you are doing because you have taken drugs or drunk too much alcohol
He was off his head on various drugs.
19.) go to sb's head informal
a) if alcohol goes to your head, it quickly makes you feel drunk
b) if success goes to someone's head, it makes them feel more important than they really are
She never let fame go to her head.
20.)¦(TOOL)¦ [C usually singular]
the wide end of a long narrow tool or piece of equipment
21.) put your heads together
to discuss a difficult problem together
The next morning, we all put our heads together to decide what should be done.
22.) go over sb's head
a) to be too difficult for someone to understand
The explanation went completely over my head.
b) to do something without discussing it with a particular person or organization first, especially when you should have discussed it with them
The President went over the head of Congress and called a referendum.
23.) can't make head or/nor tail of sth informal
to be completely unable to understand something
24.) have your head in the clouds
to think about something in a way that is not practical or sensible, especially when you think things are much better than they really are
25.) have a (good) head for figures/facts/business etc
to be naturally good at doing calculations, remembering facts etc
26.) head for heights
the ability to look down from high places without feeling ill or nervous
27.) a big head informal
the opinion that you are much better, more important, more skilful etc than you really are
I suppose I did do OK, but I'd be silly to get a big head about it.
28.) keep your head above water
to manage to continue to live on your income or keep your business working when this is difficult because of financial problems
For years they struggled to keep their heads above water.
29.) be/stand head and shoulders above sb
to be much better than other people
One contestant stood head and shoulders above the rest.
30.)hold up your head also hold your head high
to show pride or confidence, especially in a difficult situation
If you do this, you'll never be able to hold your head up again.
31.) be (like) banging/bashing etc your head against a brick wall
spoken used to say that you are making no progress at all in what you are trying hard to do
I've tried to talk some sense into them, but it's like banging my head against a brick wall.
32.) bang/knock sb's heads together
spoken used to say that two people or groups should be forced to stop arguing and start to behave sensibly
33.) bite/snap sb's head off
to talk to someone very angrily with no good reason
I offered to help her, but she just bit my head off.
34.) turn/stand sth on its head
to make people think about something in the opposite way to the way it was originally intended
The attorney quickly turned his main defense argument on its head.
35.) give sb their head
to give someone the freedom to do what they want to do
36.) be/fall head over heels in love
to love or suddenly start to love someone very much
Sam was head over heels in love with his new bride.
37.) heads will roll
spoken used to say that someone will be punished severely for something that has happened
Heads will roll for this!
38.) the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing
used to say that two parts of an organization that should be doing the same thing are each doing different things without the other knowing
39.) on your own head be it
spoken used to tell someone that they will be blamed if the thing they are planning to do goes wrong
40.) do your head in
BrE spoken informal to make you feel confused and annoyed
Turn that noise down - it's doing my head in!
41.) be/get in over your head
to be or get involved in something that is too difficult for you to deal with
In business, start small and don't get in over your head.
42.) be over your head in debt
AmE to owe so much money that there is no possibility of paying it all back
43.) go head to head with sb
to deal with or oppose someone in a very direct and determined way
Rather than go head to head with their main rivals, they decided to try a more subtle approach.
44.) heads up!
AmE spoken used to warn people that something is falling from above
45.) ¦(BEER)¦
the layer of small white ↑bubbles on the top of a glass of beer
a piece of equipment that changes information on a recording tape, a computer ↑hard disk etc into electrical messages that electronic equipment can use
47.) head of cattle/sheep etc [plural]
a particular number of cows, sheep etc
a farm with 20 head of cattle
48.) head of water/steam
pressure that is made when water or steam is kept in an enclosed space
49.) ¦(LAND)¦ [singular]
BrE a high area of land that sticks out into the sea - used in names
Beachy Head
the centre of a swollen spot on your skin
51.) give (sb) head informal
to perform ↑oral sex on someone
bury your head in the sand atbury, knock sth on the head atknock1 (16), off the top of your head attop1 (18), sb can do sth standing on their head atstand1 (40), turn sb's head atturn1 (18), two heads are better than one attwo
COLLOCATES for sense 1
turn your head
shake your head (=move it from side to side, especially to show disagreement)
nod your head (=move it up and down, especially to show agreement)
raise/lift your head (=look up)
bow/bend/lower your head (=look downwards)
hang your head (=look downwards, especially because you are ashamed)
cock your head (=hold your head at an angle)
scratch your head
somebody's head aches
somebody's head throbs (=it aches badly)
from head to foot/toe (=over your whole body)
bald head (=one with no hair on it)
the crown of your head (=the top of the back of your head)
head injury
head 2
head2 W2S2 v
1¦(go towards)¦
3¦(be in charge)¦
4¦(at top)¦
5¦(at front)¦
Phrasal verbs
 head off
1.) ¦(GO TOWARDS)¦ also be headed [I always + adverb/preposition]
to go or travel towards a particular place, especially in a deliberate way
head for/towards/back etc
The ship was heading for Cuba.
It's about time we were heading home .
head north/south etc
We headed south towards the capital.
Where are you guys headed?
2.) ¦(FUTURE)¦
be heading also be headed [I always + adverb/preposition]
if you are heading for a particular situation, especially a bad one, it seems likely to happen
be heading for
Forecasters predict the region's economy is heading for disaster.
Where is your life heading?
3.) ¦(BE IN CHARGE)¦ also head up [T]
to be in charge of a team, government, organization etc
David was asked to head up the technical team.
an interim government headed by the former Prime Minister
4.) ¦(AT TOP)¦ [T]
a) to be at the top of a list or group of people or things
The movie heads the list of Oscar nominations.
b) be headed
if a page is headed with a particular name, title, image etc, it has it on the top
The page was headed 'Expenses'.
officially-headed writing paper
5.) ¦(AT FRONT)¦ [T]
to be at the front of a line of people
a procession headed by the Queen
6.) ¦(FOOTBALL)¦ [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to hit the ball with your head, especially in football
head off phr v
1.) to leave to go to another place
I'm heading off now.
2.) head sth<=>off
to prevent something from happening, especially something bad
The President intervened to head off the conflict.
3.) head sb<=>off
to stop someone going somewhere by moving in front of them
Soldiers headed them off at the border.

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