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  ( parapets    plural  )
1       n-count   A parapet is a low wall along the edge of something high such as a bridge or roof.  
2    If you say that someone puts their head above the parapet, you mean they take a risk. If you say they keep their head below the parapet, you mean they avoid taking a risk.  
put one's head above the parapet/keep one's head below the parapet             phrase   V and head inflect  
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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.  
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  
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.  
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)  
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.  
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  

big head        ( big heads    plural  ) If you describe someone as a big head, you disapprove of them because they think they are very clever and know everything.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
dead-head        ( dead-heads    plural & 3rd person present)   ( dead-heading    present participle)   ( dead-headed    past tense & past participle  ) , deadhead  
1       verb   To dead-head a plant which is flowering means to remove all the dead flowers from it.  
Dead-head roses as the blooms fade.      V n  
2       n-count   If you say that someone is a deadhead, you mean that they are stupid or slow.  
head boy        ( head boys    plural  ) The head boy of a school is the boy who is the leader of the prefects and who often represents the school on public occasions.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
head-butt        ( head-butts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( head-butting    present participle)   ( head-butted    past tense & past participle  ) , headbutt   If someone head-butts you, they hit you with the top of their head.      verb  
He was said to have head-butted one policeman and stamped on another's hand.      V n  
      Head-butt is also a noun., n-count  
The cuts on Colin's head could only have been made by head-butts.     
head count        ( head counts    plural  ) If you do a head count, you count the number of people present. You can also use head count to talk about the number of people that are present at an event, or that an organization employs.      n-count  
head-first      , headfirst  
If you move head-first in a particular direction, your head is the part of your body that is furthest forward as you are moving.      adv   ADV after v  
He had apparently fallen head-first down the stairwell...     
head girl        ( head girls    plural  ) The head girl of a school is the girl who is the leader of the prefects and who often represents the school on public occasions.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
head of state        ( heads of state    plural  ) A head of state is the leader of a country, for example a president, king, or queen.      n-count  
1       adv   If two vehicles hit each other head-on, they hit each other with their fronts pointing towards each other.  
ADV after v  
Pulling out to overtake, the car collided head-on with a van.     
      Head-on is also an adjective., adj   ADJ n  
Their car was in a head-on smash with an articulated lorry.     
2       adj   A head-on conflict or approach is direct, without any attempt to compromise or avoid the issue.  
ADJ n  
The only victors in a head-on clash between the president and the assembly would be the hardliners on both sides.     
      Head-on is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
Once again, I chose to confront the issue head-on.     
head start        ( head starts    plural  ) If you have a head starton other people, you have an advantage over them in something such as a competition or race.      n-count   usu sing, oft N on/over n  
A good education gives your child a head start in life.     
head teacher        ( head teachers    plural  ) , headteacher   A head teacher is a teacher who is in charge of a school.  
  (BRIT)      n-count   (=head)  
head-to-head        ( head-to-heads    plural  )
1       adj   A head-to-head contest or competition is one in which two people or groups compete directly against each other.  
usu ADJ n  
He won a head-to-head battle with NF leader Jean-Marie Le Pen.     
      Head-to-head is also an adverb., adv   v ADV  
Canadian business cannot compete head-to-head with American business.     
2       n-count   A head-to-head is a head-to-head contest or competition.  
usu sing  
...a head-to-head between the champion and the aspiring champion.     
talking head        ( talking heads    plural  ) Talking heads are people who appear in television discussion programmes and interviews to give their opinions about a topic.     (JOURNALISM)      n-count  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    bean     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   conk     (slang)   cranium, crown, loaf     (slang)   noddle     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   noggin, nut     (slang)   pate, skull  
2    boss     (informal)   captain, chief, chieftain, commander, director, headmaster, headmistress, head teacher, leader, manager, master, principal, superintendent, supervisor  
3    apex, crest, crown, height, peak, pinnacle, pitch, summit, tip, top, vertex  
4    cutting edge, first place, fore, forefront, front, van, vanguard  
5    beginning, commencement, origin, rise, source, start  
6    ability, aptitude, brain, brains     (informal)   capacity, faculty, flair, intellect, intelligence, mentality, mind, talent, thought, understanding  
7    branch, category, class, department, division, heading, section, subject, topic  
8    climax, conclusion, crisis, culmination, end, turning point  
9      (Geography)   cape, foreland, headland, point, promontory  
10    go to one's head      dizzy, excite, intoxicate, make conceited, puff up  
11    head over heels      completely, intensely, thoroughly, uncontrollably, utterly, wholeheartedly  
12    put (our, their, etc.) heads together        (informal)   confab     (informal)   confabulate, confer, consult, deliberate, discuss, palaver, powwow, talk over  
13    arch, chief, first, foremost, front, highest, leading, main, pre-eminent, premier, prime, principal, supreme, topmost  
14    be or go first, cap, crown, lead, lead the way, precede, top  
15    be in charge of, command, control, direct, govern, guide, lead, manage, rule, run, supervise  
16      (often with)       for   aim, go to, make a beeline for, make for, point, set off for, set out, start towards, steer, turn  

head off  
1    block off, cut off, deflect, divert, intercept, interpose, intervene  
2    avert, fend off, forestall, parry, prevent, stop, ward off  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
be kept waiting
to lose one's temper
very familiar
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
make a lot of efforts to understand something
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
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
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
go for something, take one's chances
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
Abandoning something that one has intimate knowledge of for something unknown and probably highly risky to one's well-being.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
posting a picture of one's pet on social media, with a sign describing the animal's wrongdoing
more specific: cat shaming or dog shaming
symbolically killing one’s internet unique identity.
Affectionate term used to address or refer to one's girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, etc. The acronym means Before Anything Else.
[Fam.] Exemple: I love you, bae.
a photo of one's suntanned legs usually taken with a smartphone and shared on social media
[Neologism] combination of "legs" and "selfie". Legsies are commonly used to brag about one's vacation
a poetic or humorous way of expressing one's fervent wish for somehting
oh for a bit of sunshine!
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
This can happen when losing the device, when out of battery, credit or network coverage
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
Used to express one's enthusiasm about a new person, or a new thing such as an idea, plan, invention or innovation
The way she goes on about him!; you'd think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread / Wow! this video game is the best thing since sliced bread!
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
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