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.
- Keep your head
- Keep your head above water
- Standing on your head
- Lose your head
- Make head nor tail of something
- Get your head around something
- Head over heels
- Off the top of your head
- Shout your head off
- Turn heads
- 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.
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 I can’t make head nor tail of it.
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.
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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