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Idioms and Expressions Using the Word “Head”

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Idioms and expressions using the word “head”

Numerous idioms and expressions in English use the word “head”, and they are usually related to emotions and staying in control. In this post, you will get 11 of them explained.

  1. Keep your head
  2. Keep your head above water
  3. Standing on your head
  4. Lose your head
  5. Make head nor tail of something
  6. Get your head around something
  7. Head over heels
  8. Off the top of your head
  9. Shout your head off
  10. Turn heads
  11. Hit your head against a brick wall

Keep your head


Meaning: to keep your head means to stay calm in a difficult situation.
Ex: Even during some very difficult times in our family, my mother always managed to keep her head.


Keep your head above water


Meaning: This is a similar idiom. Even so, it is more specific and refers to a difficult financial situation or business problems of some kind.
Ex: Although our business is in a very difficult situation, we’ve managed to keep our heads above water.


Standing on your head


Meaning: if you say that you can do something standing on your head, then it must be very easy.
Ex: This game is so easy. I could play it standing on my head.

Idioms and expressions using the word “head”


Lose your head


Meaning:
if you lose your head, then you lose control and become unable to behave sensibly.
Ex: When he heard that he won million pounds on the lottery, Thomas began losing his head.


Make head nor tail of something


Meaning: if you can’t make head nor tail of something, then you can’t understand it.
Ex: I’ve been trying to figure out this programme for quite some time but it doesn’t make head nor tail to me.


Get your head around something


Meaning:
being able to understand something complicated or confusing.
Ex: It took me a while but I managed to get my head around that formulae.


Head over heels


Meaning: This expression usually means being madly in love with someone.
Ex: Juliana was head over heels in love with Damian. She couldn’t wait to see him again.


Off the top of your head


Meaning: if you know something off the top of your head, then you can remember it easily at any time.
Ex: I know my uncle’s phone number in Australia off the top of my head.


Shout/laugh/scream your head off


Meaning: to shout/laugh/scream a lot.
Ex: People at the stadium shouted their heads off when one of the football teams scored.

Numerous idioms and expressions in English use the word “head”, and they are usually related to emotions and staying in control. In this post will be explained 11 of them.
Idioms and expressions using the word “head”


Turn heads


Meaning: if you turn heads, then you are so attractive that people can’t help looking at you.
Ex: Rita was so beautiful that she turned heads wherever she went.


Hit/bang your head against a brick wall


Meaning
: if you hit your head against a brick wall, you are unable to achieve something or accomplish a task. It can be very frustrating.
Ex: I’m just beating my head against a brick wall here – I’ll never understand this math equation.

I hope you enjoyed this post and find it helpful. If you know some more expressions with “head”, please share them in the comments below.

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