to have one's head on straight meaning, to have one's head on straight definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( has    3rd person present)   ( having    present participle)   ( had    past tense & past participle  )   (AUXILIARY VERB USES)  
In spoken English, forms of have    are often shortened, for example I have is shortened to I've and has not is shortened to hasn't.         
1       aux   You use the forms have    and has with a past participle to form the present perfect tense of verbs.      
Alex has already gone...      AUX -ed  
My term hasn't finished yet...      AUX -ed  
What have you found so far?...      AUX -ed  
Frankie hasn't been feeling well for a long time.      AUX been -ing  
2       aux   You use the form had with a past participle to form the past perfect tense of verbs.  
When I met her, she had just returned from a job interview...      AUX -ed  
3       aux   Have is used in question tags.  
You haven't sent her away, have you?...      cl AUX n  
4       aux   You use have    when you are confirming or contradicting a statement containing `have', `has', or `had', or answering a question.      
`Have you been to York before?'—`Yes we have.'      AUX  
5       aux   The form having with a past participle can be used to introduce a clause in which you mention an action which had already happened before another action began.  
He arrived in San Francisco, having left New Jersey on January 19th...      AUX -ed  
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v.
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.
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
to lose one's temper
very familiar
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
exp.
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"
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]
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
v.
continue to have something; keep something
exp.
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.
exp.
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.
v.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
exp.
go for something, take one's chances
n.
دل را به دریا زدن
adj.
large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
exp.
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
n.
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
exp.
symbolically killing one’s internet unique identity.
[Tech.]
n.
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
exp.
a poetic or humorous way of expressing one's fervent wish for somehting
oh for a bit of sunshine!
n.
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
n.
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt
exp.
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".
v.
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
q.
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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