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HEAD Idioms: 10 Useful Head Idioms and Phrases


Head Idioms and Phrases! In this lesson, you will learn useful phrases and idioms about the head with meaning, ESL picture and example sentences.

Full list of body idioms in English with examples.

Head Idioms and Sayings

List of Head Idioms and Phrases

  • Bury (Hide) One’s Head In the Sand
  • Head and Shoulders Above
  • Head start
  • Heads Up (excl.)
  • Heads Will Roll (Are Going to Roll)
  • Off the Top of My Head
  • Over One’s Head
  • Rear Its Ugly Head (said of a problem or something unpleasant)
  • Turn Something on Its Head
  • Use One’s Head

Head Idioms with Meaning and Examples

Bury (Hide) One’s Head In the Sand

  • Meaning: Ignoring something that’s obviously wrong, not facing reality
  • ExampleYou can bury your head in the sand if you want to, but Bruce is stealing, and sooner or later we’re going to have to deal with it.

Head and Shoulders Above

  • Meaning: Far superior to
  • Example: In my opinion, Toyota pickup trucks are head and shoulders above other brands on the market.

Head start

  • Meaning: An advantage over everyone else
  • ExampleYou’ve got a head start over / another’s trying to get the job because you’ve got relevant work experience.

Heads Up (excl.)

  • Meaning: Get ready! Be prepared.
  • ExampleHeads up! The vice-president is visiting the office today, and I want everyone here.

Heads Will Roll (Are Going to Roll)

  • Meaning: People will be fired.
  • ExampleThe ad campaign for the new model was an absolute disaster. I think heads are going to roll.

Off the Top of My Head

  • Meaning: Guessing or estimating without full information
  • ExampleOff the top of my head, I’d say the presentation will take you about four hours to finish.

Over One’s Head

  • Meaning: In a situation where one is overwhelmed with tasks
  • ExampleI got in over my head when I took 17 credits at school-I had to drop a class.

Rear Its Ugly Head (said of a problem or something unpleasant)

  • Meaning: Appear, be revealed
  • ExampleWe were almost finished with the spreadsheet when the problem of the write-offs reared its ugly head.

Turn Something on Its Head

  • Meaning: Reverse something, cause something to be done in a new way.
  • ExampleThe theory of plate tectonics turned our understanding of earthquakes on its head.

Use One’s Head

  • Meaning: To think, to have common sense.
  • ExampleYou shouldn’t buy a new car until you’ve paid off the debt from your student loan. Use your head!

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HEAD Idioms

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