- 1[countable] the part of the body on top of the neck containing the eyes, nose, mouth, and brain She nodded her head in agreement. He shook his head in disbelief. The boys hung their heads in shame. The driver suffered head injuries. She always has her head in a book (= is always reading). He still has a good head of hair (= a lot of hair). Topic CollocationsPhysical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes (bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyes deep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyes small/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyes piercing/penetrating/steely eyes bloodshot/watery/puffy eyes bushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrows long/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesface a flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nose a straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nose full/thick/thin/pouty lips dry/chapped/cracked lips flushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheeks soft/chubby/sunken cheeks white/perfect/crooked/protruding teeth a large/high/broad/wide forehead a strong/weak/pointed/double chin a long/full/bushy/wispy beard a full/thin goatee a long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skin pale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skin dry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skin a dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexion deep/fine/small/facial wrinkles blonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hair straight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hair thick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hair dyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hair long/short/shoulder-length/cropped hair a bald/balding/shaved head a receding hairline a bald patch/spot a side/center partbody a long/short/thick/slender/ (disapproving) scrawny neck broad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shoulders a bare/broad/muscular/small/large chest a flat/round/swollen/bulging stomach a small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waist big/wide/narrow/slim hips a straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy back thin/slender/muscular arms big/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved hands long/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingers long/muscular/hairy/shapely/ (informal) (often disapproving) skinny/spindly legs muscular/chubby/ (informal) (disapproving) flabby thighs/calves big/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feet a good/slim/slender/hourglass figure be of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build see also death's head mind
- 2 [countable] the mind or brain I sometimes wonder what goes on in that head of yours. I wish you'd use your head (= think carefully before doing or saying something). The thought never entered my head. I can't work it out in my head—I need a calculator. Ican't get that tune out of my head. When will you get it into your head (= understand) that I don't want to discuss this anymore! For some reason, she's got it into her head (= believes) that the others don't like her. Who's been putting such weird ideas into your head (= making you believe that)? Try to put the exams out of your head (= stop thinking about them) for tonight. see also hothead measurement
- 3a head [singular] the size of a person's or animal's head, used as a measurement of distance or height She's a good head taller than her sister. The favorite won by a short head (= a distance slightly less than the length of a horse's head). pain
- 4[countable, usually singular] (informal) a continuous pain in your head synonym headache I woke up with a really bad head this morning. of group/organization
- 5 [countable, uncountable] the person in charge of a group of people or an organization the heads of government/state the crowned heads (= the kings and queens) of Europe the head gardener/waiter, etc. side of coin
- 6heads [uncountable] the side of a coin that has a picture of the head of a person on it, used as one choice when a coin is tossed to decide something compare tail (7) end of object
- 7 [countable, usually singular] head (of something) the end of a long narrow object that is larger or wider than the rest of it the head of a nail top
- 8[singular] head of something the top or highest part of something at the head of the page They finished the season at the head of their league. of river
- 9[singular] the head of the river the place where a river begins synonym source of table
- 10[singular] the head of the table the most important seat at a table The President sat at the head of the table. of line of people
- 11[singular] the head of something the position at the front of a line of people The prince rode at the head of his regiment. of plant
- 12[countable] head (of something) the mass of leaves or flowers at the end of a stem Remove the dead heads to encourage new growth. on beer
- 13[singular] the mass of small bubbles on the top of a glass of beer of pimple
- 14 [countable] the part of a spot on your skin that contains a thick yellow liquid (= pus ) see also blackhead in tape/video recorder
- 15[countable] the part of a tape recorder or video cassette recorder that touches the tape and changes the electrical signals into sounds and/or pictures number of animals
- 16head of something [plural] used to say how many animals of a particular type are on a farm, in a herd, etc. 200 head of sheep of steam
- 17 a head of steam [singular] the pressure produced by steam in a limited space The old engine still manages to build up a good head of steam. linguistics
- 18[countable] the central part of a phrase, which has the same grammatical function as the whole phrase. In the phrase “the tall man in a suit,”man is the head. Idioms
- 1(of alcohol) to make you feel drunk That glass of wine has gone straight to my head.
- 2(of success, praise, etc.) to make you feel too proud of yourself in a way that other people find annoying
- 1to be thinking about something that is not connected with what you are doing
- 2to have ideas, plans, etc. that are not realistic
- 1moving forward or downward with your head in front of the rest of your body He fell head first down the stairs.
- 2without thinking carefully about something before acting She got divorced and rushed head first into another marriage.
- 1too difficult or complicated for someone to understand A lot of the jokes went (= were) right over my head.
- 2to a higher position of authority than someone I couldn't help feeling jealous when she was promoted over my head. I'm not happy that you went over my head to ask for this time off.
part of body
nounjump to other results
to force people to stop arguing and behave in a sensible way
bang/knock your/their heads together (informal)jump to other results
to keep trying to do something that will never be successful Trying to reason with them was like banging my head against a (brick) wall.
be banging, etc. your head against a (brick) wall (informal)jump to other results
to be much better than other people or things His performance stood head and shoulders above the rest.
be/stand head and shoulders above somebody/somethingjump to other results
to shout at someone in an angry way, especially without reason
bite/snap somebody's head off (informal)jump to other results
if you bring a situation to a head or if a situation comes to a head, you are forced to deal with it quickly because it suddenly becomes very bad
bring something to a head, come to a headjump to other results
to refuse to admit that a problem exists or refuse to deal with it
bury/stick your head in the sandjump to other results
to be unable to understand something I couldn't make heads or tails of what he was saying.
can't make heads or/nor tails of somethingjump to other results
to be able to do something very easily and without having to think too much
do something standing on your head (informal)jump to other results
= drum something into somebody
drum something into somebody's headjump to other results
covering your whole body We were covered from head to foot in mud. She was dressed from head to toe in red.
from head to foot/toejump to other results
to be a sensible person
get/have/keep your head straight (informal)jump to other results
to give someone hopes about something that may not be possible or likely; to make someone act or think in an unreasonable way Who's been putting ideas into his head?
give somebody ideas, put ideas into somebody's headjump to other results
to deal with someone in a very direct and determined way The company will be going head to head with the giant of the pharmaceuticals market.
go head to head (with somebody)jump to other results
go to somebody's headjump to other results
to be aware of everything that is happening around you, even things that seem difficult or impossible to see You can't get away with anything in her class. She has eyes in the back of her head.
have eyes in the back of your headjump to other results
to be a sensible person
have a good head on your shouldersjump to other results
to be good at something to have a head for figures/business
have a head for somethingjump to other results
have your head in the cloudsjump to other results
to be a sensible person I kept my head on straight and did what I had to.
have your head screwed on (straight/right), get/have/keep your head on straight/right (informal)jump to other results
to have somewhere to live Thanks to Bob's generosity, I still have a roof over my head.
have a roof over your headjump to other results
for each person The meal worked out at $20 a head.
a/per headjump to other results
head firstjump to other results
loving someone very much He's fallen head over heels in love with his boss.
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used to ask someone which side of a coin they think will be facing upward when it is tossed in order to decide something by chance
heads or tails?jump to other results
used to say that some people will be punished because of something that has happened
heads will roll (for something) (informal) (usually humorous)jump to other results
to say something that is exactly right
hit the nail on the headjump to other results
to force someone to do something that they do not want to do, by making threats
hold/put a gun to somebody's headjump to other results
to be proud of or not feel ashamed about something that you have done She managed to hold her head high and ignore what people were saying.
hold your head high, hold up your headjump to other results
involved in something that is too difficult for you to deal with After a week in the new job, I soon realized that I was in over my head.
in over your headjump to other results
to remain calm in a difficult situation
keep your head, keep a clear/cool headjump to other results
to deal with a difficult situation, especially one in which you have financial problems, and just manage to survive I'm not sure how much longer we'll be able to keep our heads above water.
keep your head above waterjump to other results
to avoid attracting attention to yourself If I were you, I'd keep your head down for a couple of weeks.
keep/get your head downjump to other results
to laugh very loudly and for a long time
laugh your head offjump to other results
to laugh, etc. a lot and very loudly
laugh, scream, etc. your head off (informal)jump to other results
to act according to what you feel rather than to what you think is sensible
let your heart rule your headjump to other results
to become unable to act in a calm or sensible way
lose your headjump to other results
to have no need or desire for something
need something like a hole in the head (informal)jump to other results
to not hurt someone physically in any way
not harm/touch a hair on somebody's headjump to other results
just guessing or using your memory, without taking time to think carefully or check the facts I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but I can look it up for you.
off the top of your head (informal)jump to other results
over somebody's headjump to other results
an amount of money that is offered for capturing or killing someone Ever since he killed the gang's leader, there has been a price on his head.
a price on somebody's headjump to other results
to risk losing your job, damaging your reputation, etc. by doing or saying something It's not a matter that I'm prepared to put my head on the block for.
put/lay your head/neck on the blockjump to other results
to think about or discuss something as a group
put our/your/their heads togetherjump to other results
if something unpleasant rears its head or rears its ugly head, it appears or happens
something rears its (ugly) headjump to other results
to think hard in order to find an answer to something Experts have been scratching their heads over the increase in teenage crime.
scratch your head (over something)jump to other results
to make people think about something in a completely different way
stand/turn something on its headjump to other results
to suddenly decide to do something, especially something that other people think is stupid
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used to show that you are annoyed that someone does not understand something When will you get it into your thick head that I don't want to see you again!
your thick head (informal)jump to other results
(of success, praise, etc.) to make a person feel too proud in a way that other people find annoying
turn somebody's headjump to other results
used to say that two people can achieve more than one person working alone
two heads are better than one (saying)jump to other results