Definition of head noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    head

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    NAmE//hɛd//
     
     
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    part of body
  1. 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
  2. mind
  3. 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
  4. measurement
  5. 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).
  6. pain
  7. 4[countable, usually singular] (informal) a continuous pain in your head synonym headache I woke up with a really bad head this morning.
  8. of group/organization
  9. 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.
  10. side of coin
  11. 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)
  12. end of object
  13. 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
  14. top
  15. 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.
  16. of river
  17. 9[singular] the head of the river the place where a river begins synonym source
  18. of table
  19. 10[singular] the head of the table the most important seat at a table The President sat at the head of the table.
  20. of line of people
  21. 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.
  22. of plant
  23. 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.
  24. on beer
  25. 13[singular] the mass of small bubbles on the top of a glass of beer
  26. of pimple
  27. 14 [countable] the part of a spot on your skin that contains a thick yellow liquid (= pus ) see also blackhead
  28. in tape/video recorder
  29. 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
  30. number of animals
  31. 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
  32. of steam
  33. 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.
  34. linguistics
  35. 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.
  36. Idioms
    bang/knock your/their heads together(informal)
     
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    to force people to stop arguing and behave in a sensible way
    be banging, etc. your head against a (brick) wall(informal)
     
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    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/stand head and shoulders above somebody/something
     
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    to be much better than other people or things His performance stood head and shoulders above the rest.
    bite/snap somebody's head off(informal)
     
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    to shout at someone in an angry way, especially without reason
    bring something to a head,come to a head
     
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    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
    bury/stick your head in the sand
     
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    to refuse to admit that a problem exists or refuse to deal with it
    can't make heads or/nor tails of something
     
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    to be unable to understand something I couldn't make heads or tails of what he was saying.
    do something standing on your head(informal)
     
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    to be able to do something very easily and without having to think too much
    drum something into somebody's head
     
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    = drum something into somebody
    from head to foot/toe
     
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    covering your whole body We were covered from head to foot in mud. She was dressed from head to toe in red.
    get/have/keep your head straight(informal)
     
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    to be a sensible person
    give somebody ideas,put ideas into somebody's head
     
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    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?
    go head to head (with somebody)
     
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    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 to somebody's head
       
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    1. 1(of alcohol) to make you feel drunk That glass of wine has gone straight to my head.
    2. 2(of success, praise, etc.) to make you feel too proud of yourself in a way that other people find annoying
    have eyes in the back of your head
     
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    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 a good head on your shoulders
     
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    to be a sensible person
    have a head for something
     
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    to be good at something to have a head for figures/business
      have your head in the clouds
       
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    1. 1to be thinking about something that is not connected with what you are doing
    2. 2to have ideas, plans, etc. that are not realistic
    have your head screwed on (straight/right),get/have/keep your head on straight/right(informal)
     
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    to be a sensible person I kept my head on straight and did what I had to.
    have a roof over your head
     
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    to have somewhere to live Thanks to Bob's generosity, I still have a roof over my head.
    for each person The meal worked out at $20 a head.
    1. 1moving forward or downward with your head in front of the rest of your body He fell head first down the stairs.
    2. 2without thinking carefully about something before acting She got divorced and rushed head first into another marriage.
    head over heels in love
     
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    loving someone very much He's fallen head over heels in love with his boss.
    heads or tails?
     
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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 will roll (for something)(informal)(usually humorous)
     
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    used to say that some people will be punished because of something that has happened
    hit the nail on the head
     
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    to say something that is exactly right
    hold/put a gun to somebody's head
     
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    to force someone to do something that they do not want to do, by making threats
    hold your head high,hold up your head
     
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    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.
    in over your head
     
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    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.
    keep your head,keep a clear/cool head
     
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    to remain calm in a difficult situation
    keep your head above water
     
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    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/get your head down
     
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    to avoid attracting attention to yourself If I were you, I'd keep your head down for a couple of weeks.
    laugh your head off
     
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    to laugh very loudly and for a long time
    laugh, scream, etc. your head off(informal)
     
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    to laugh, etc. a lot and very loudly
    let your heart rule your head
     
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    to act according to what you feel rather than to what you think is sensible
    lose your head
     
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    to become unable to act in a calm or sensible way
    need something like a hole in the head(informal)
     
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    to have no need or desire for something
    not harm/touch a hair on somebody's head
     
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    to not hurt someone physically in any way
    off the top of your head(informal)
     
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    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.
      over somebody's head
       
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    1. 1too difficult or complicated for someone to understand A lot of the jokes went (= were) right over my head.
    2. 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.
    a price on somebody's head
     
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    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.
    put/lay your head/neck on the block
     
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    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 our/your/their heads together
     
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    to think about or discuss something as a group
    something rears its (ugly) head
     
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    if something unpleasant rears its head or rears its ugly head, it appears or happens
    scratch your head (over something)
     
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    to think hard in order to find an answer to something Experts have been scratching their heads over the increase in teenage crime.
    stand/turn something on its head
     
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    to make people think about something in a completely different way
    take it into your head to do something
     
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    to suddenly decide to do something, especially something that other people think is stupid
    your thick head(informal)
     
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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!
    turn somebody's head
     
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    (of success, praise, etc.) to make a person feel too proud in a way that other people find annoying
    two heads are better than one(saying)
     
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    used to say that two people can achieve more than one person working alone
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: head