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head

  
  ( heads    plural & 3rd person present)   ( heading    present participle)   ( headed    past tense & past participle  )
Head is used in a large number of expressions which are explained under other words in the dictionary. For example, the expression `off the top of your head' is explained at `top'.     
1       n-count   Your head is the top part of your body, which has your eyes, mouth, and brain in it.  
She turned her head away from him...     
2       n-count   You can use head to refer to your mind and your mental abilities.  
...an exceptional analyst who could do complex maths in his head.     
3       n-sing   The headof a line of people or vehicles is the front of it, or the first person or vehicle in the line.  
with supp  
...the head of the queue...     
4       verb   If someone or something heads a line or procession, they are at the front of it.  
The parson, heading the procession, had just turned right towards the churchyard.      V n  
5       verb   If something heads a list or group, it is at the top of it.  
Running a business heads the list of ambitions among the 1,000 people interviewed by Good Housekeeping magazine.      V n  
6       n-sing   The head of something is the highest or top part of it.  
usu N of n   (=top)  
...the head of the stairs..., Every day a different name was placed at the head of the chart.     
7       n-count   The head of something long and thin is the end which is wider than or a different shape from the rest, and which is often considered to be the most important part.  
usu with supp  
Keep the head of the club the same height throughout the swing.     
8       n-count   The head of a school is the teacher who is in charge.  
  (mainly BRIT)   (=head teacher)  
9       n-count   The head of a company or organization is the person in charge of it and in charge of the people in it.  
with supp  
Heads of government from more than 100 countries gather in Geneva tomorrow., ...the head waiter.     
10       verb   If you head a department, company, or organization, you are the person in charge of it.  
...Michael Williams, who heads the department's Office of Civil Rights.      V n  
...the ruling Socialist Party, headed by Dr Franz Vranitzky.      V-ed  
11       n-count   The head on a glass of beer is the layer of small bubbles that form on the top of the beer.  
usu sing  
12       n-count   If you have a bad head, you have a headache.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL   usu sing, with supp  
I had a terrible head and was extraordinarily drunk.     
13       adv   If you toss a coin and it comes down heads, you can see the side of the coin which has a picture of a head on it.  
be ADV, ADV after v  
`We might toss up for it,' suggested Ted. `If it's heads, then we'll talk.'..., Heads or tails?     
14       verb   If you are heading for a particular place, you are going towards that place. In American English, you can also say that you are headed for a particular place.  
He headed for the bus stop...      V for n  
It is not clear how many of them will be heading back to Saudi Arabia tomorrow...      V adv/prep  
She and her child boarded a plane headed to where her family lived...      V-ed  
15       verb   If something or someone is heading for a particular result, the situation they are in is developing in a way that makes that result very likely. In American English, you can also say that something or someone is headedfor a particular result.  
The latest talks aimed at ending the civil war appear to be heading for deadlock...      V for/towards n  
The centuries-old ritual seems headed for extinction.      V-ed  
16       verb   If a piece of writing is headed a particular title, it has that title written at the beginning of it.  
usu passive  
One chapter is headed, `Beating the Test'.      be V-ed quote  
17       verb   If you head a ball in football, you hit it with your head in order to make it go in a particular direction.  
He headed the ball across the face of the goal.      V n prep/adv  
18   
    heading  
19    You use a head or per head after stating a cost or amount in order to indicate that that cost or amount is for each person in a particular group.  
a/per head      phrase   amount PHR  
This simple chicken dish costs less than £1 a head...     
20    From head to foot means all over your body.  
from head to foot      phrase   oft be V-ed PHR     (emphasis)    Colin had been put into a bath and been scrubbed from head to foot.     
21    If you a have ahead for something, you can deal with it easily. For example, if you have ahead for figures, you can do arithmetic easily, and if you have ahead for heights, you can climb to a great height without feeling afraid.  
head for sth      phrase   have/with PHR, PHR n  
I don't have a head for business.     
22    If you get a fact or idea into your head, you suddenly realize or think that it is true and you usually do not change your opinion about it.  
get sth into one's head      phrase   V and N inflect  
Once they get an idea into their heads, they never give up.     
23    If you say that someone has got something into their head, you mean that they have finally understood or accepted it, and you are usually criticizing them because it has taken them a long time to do this.  
get sth into one's head      phrase   V and N inflect  
Managers have at last got it into their heads that they can no longer accept inefficient operations.     
24    If alcoholic drink goes to your head, it makes you feel drunk.  
go to one's head      phrase   V and N inflect  
That wine was strong, it went to your head.     
25    If you say that something such as praise or success goes to someone's head, you are criticizing them because you think that it makes them too proud or confident.  
go to one's head      phrase   V and N inflect     (disapproval)    Ford is definitely not a man to let a little success go to his head.     
26    If you are head over heels or head over heels in love, you are very much in love.  
be head over heels/be head over heels in love      phrase   v PHR, v-link PHR  
27    If you keep your head, you remain calm in a difficult situation. If you lose your head, you panic or do not remain calm in a difficult situation.  
keep one's head/lose one's head      phrase   V and N inflect  
She was able to keep her head and not panic..., She lost her head and started screaming at me.     
28    If you knock something on the head, you stop it.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
knock sth on the head      phrase   V inflects  
When we stop enjoying ourselves we'll knock it on the head.     
29    Phrases such as laugh your head off and scream your head off can be used to emphasize that someone is laughing or screaming a lot or very loudly.  
laugh one's head off      phrase   N inflects     (emphasis)    He carried on telling a joke, laughing his head off.     
30    If you say that someone is off their head, you think that their ideas or behaviour are very strange, foolish, or dangerous.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
off one's head      phrase   N inflects, usu v-link PHR     (disapproval)    He's gone completely off his head.     
31    If you stand an idea or argument on its head or turn it on its head, you think about it or treat it in a completely new and different way.  
stand/turn sth on it's head      phrase   V inflects  
Their relationship turned the standard notion of marriage on its head.     
32    If something such as an idea, joke, or comment goes over someone's head, it is too difficult for them to understand.  
be over sb's head      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
I admit that a lot of the ideas went way over my head.     
33    If someone does something over another person's head, they do it without asking them or discussing it with them, especially when they should do so because the other person is in a position of authority.  
over sb's head      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
He was reprimanded for trying to go over the heads of senior officers.     
34    If you say that something unpleasant or embarrassing rears its ugly head or raises its ugly head, you mean that it occurs, often after not occurring for some time.  
rear/raise its ugly head      phrase   V inflects  
There was a problem which reared its ugly head about a week after she moved back in...     
35    If you stand on your head, you balance upside down with the top of your head and your hands on the ground.  
stand on one's head      phrase   V and N inflect  
36    If you say that you cannot make head nor tail of something or you cannot make head or tail of it, you are emphasizing that you cannot understand it at all.  
INFORMAL  
make head (n)or tail      phrase   usu with brd-neg, V inflects, PHR n  
I couldn't make head nor tail of the damn film.     
37    If somebody takes it into their headto do something, especially something strange or foolish, they suddenly decide to do it.  
take it into one's head      phrase   V and N inflect, usu PHR to-inf  
He suddenly took it into his head to go out to Australia to stay with his son.     
38    If a problem or disagreement comes to a head or is brought to a head, it becomes so bad that something must be done about it.  
come to a head/bring sth to a head      phrase   V inflects  
These problems came to a head in September when five of the station's journalists were sacked.     
39    If two or more people put their heads together, they talk about a problem they have and try to solve it.  
put their heads together      phrase   V inflects  
So everyone put their heads together and eventually an amicable arrangement was reached.     
40    If you keep your head above water, you just avoid getting into difficulties; used especially to talk about business.  
keep one's head above water      phrase   V inflects  
We are keeping our head above water, but our cash flow position is not too good.     
41    If you say that heads will roll as a result of something bad that has happened, you mean that people will be punished for it, especially by losing their jobs.  
heads will roll             phrase   V inflects  
The group's problems have led to speculation that heads will roll.      head off  
1       phrasal verb   If you head off a person, animal, or vehicle, you move to a place in front of them in order to capture them or make them change the direction they are moving in.  
He changed direction swiftly, turned into the hallway and headed her off.      V n P, Also V P n (not pron)  
2       phrasal verb   If you head something off, especially something unpleasant, you take action before it is expected to happen in order to prevent it from happening.  
He would ask Congress to intervene and head off a strike...      V P n (not pron)  
You have to be good at spotting trouble on the way and heading it off.      V n P   head up      phrasal verb   The person who heads up a group, organization, or activity is the leader of it.  
Judge Frederick Lacey headed up the investigation...      V P n (not pron)  
We asked ourselves what we wanted from our management structure and who we wanted to head it up.      V n P  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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n.
advertising shown before a video on internet
[Bus.]
adj.
Term used to describe low grade marijuana. This type of marijuana is usually brown, seedy, dry. The term is also used by many pot heads to describe anything that is low grade.
n.
regional term for flat white bread roll, other terms are bap, batch, cob
exp.
when you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
n.
term coined by the James Bond movie, meaning that a great danger will come for Bond to overcome
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v.
to localize a website is to translate it in the local language of the ones who will read it.
exp.
If there is very little or no possibility of that happening . . . Will Susan make you laugh? Fat chance.
exp.
A set of online digital assets or virtual value that may be left to another person in a will.
[Tech.]
exp.
A set of virtual assets or virtual value in cyberspace that may be left to another in a will.
[Tech.]
det.
Legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.
[Tech.];[Leg.] Legal exclusive right of a person in pure virtual property which he can dispose of with its free will.
exp.
take an action that will complicate things; do something with a negative impact
id.
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
id.
expression used to point out that one will eventually face the consequences of his own actions
n.
SEO solution in such a way that the search engines will crawl your website and ranked it well on the top position. SEO is the process of improving the search and quality of visitors to your website for targeted keywords.
exp.
a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
[Hum.];[Iron.]
v.
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
[Slang]
n.
activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and challenge other three friends to do so in order to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
also called "ice water challenge", viral campaign on social media during July–August 2014

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