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



  ( moments    plural  )
1       n-count   You can refer to a very short period of time, for example a few seconds, as a moment or moments.   (=minute, second)  
In a moment he was gone..., She stared at him a moment, then turned away..., Stop for one moment and think about it!..., In moments, I was asleep once more.     
2       n-count   A particular moment is the point in time at which something happens.  
with supp  
At this moment a car stopped at the house..., Many people still remember the moment when they heard that President Kennedy had been assassinated.     
3    If you say that something will or may happen at any moment or any moment now, you are emphasizing that it is likely to happen very soon.  
(at) any moment (now)      phrase  
They ran the risk of being shot at any moment..., He'll be here to see you any moment now.     
4    You use expressions such as at the moment, at this moment, and at the present moment to indicate that a particular situation exists at the time when you are speaking.  
at the/this moment/present moment      phrase   (=now, currently)  
At the moment, no one is talking to me..., This is being planned at the present moment...     
5    If you say that you do not believe for a moment or for one moment that something is true, you are emphasizing that you do not believe that it could possibly be true.  
for a/one moment      phrase   with brd-neg, PHR with v     (emphasis)    (=for a minute)  
I don't for a moment think there'll be a divorce.     
6    You use for the moment to indicate that something is true now, even if it will not be true in the future.  
for the moment      phrase   PHR with cl  
For the moment, however, the government is happy to live with it.     
7    If you say that someone or something has their moments, you are indicating that there are times when they are successful or interesting, but that this does not happen very often.  
have one's moments             phrase   V inflects  
The film has its moments...     
8    If someone does something at the last moment, they do it at the latest time possible.  
the last moment      phrase   prep PHR  
They changed their minds at the last moment and refused to go.     
9    You use the expression the next moment, or expressions such as `one moment he was there, the next he was gone', to emphasize that something happens suddenly, especially when it is very different from what was happening before.  
the next moment      phrase  
The next moment there was an almighty crash..., He is unpredictable, weeping one moment, laughing the next.     
10    You use of the moment to describe someone or something that is or was especially popular at a particular time, especially when you want to suggest that their popularity is unlikely to last long or did not last long.  
of the moment      phrase   n PHR  
He's the man of the moment, isn't he?     
11    If you say that something happens the moment something else happens, you are emphasizing that it happens immediately after the other thing.  
the moment      phrase   PHR that     (emphasis)    The moment I closed my eyes, I fell asleep.     
    spur of the moment  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
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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
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.
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
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
go for something, take one's chances
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.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
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.
continue to have something; keep something
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.
fairly large, especially large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
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
The choice of web suicide or deletion of interactions for one’s own amounts to web death with regard to ones internet life.
A set of one’s web assets, created with the intention of facilitating the transference of online assets and value upon ones death.
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!
Built up System within the web, whereby one’s web assts can be gathered and stored.
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".
The rights of ownership and power for transference of one’s web assets belong to the individual.
A set of collection of one’s internet assets or value gathered in order to assist transfer of online rights.
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
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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