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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n.
avoir les dents longues
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.
n.
avoir toujours la tête dans les nuages
[Fam.]
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"
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
v.
continue to have something; keep something
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]
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.
n.
avoir un chat dans la gorge
n.
avoir le jour dans les yeux
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
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.
avoir la tête qui tourne
n.
avoir le coup
n.
avoir le coup de main
n.
avoir quelque chose de prévu
n.
avoir la bouche amère
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
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