10 Idioms with the Word “Head”

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I think everybody has heard of this common and popular idiom, “head over heels.” 

If I say “Ronaldo fell head over heels in love with Georgina at first sight,” you would know that it means that Ronaldo fell deeply in love with Georgina when he first saw her (and that it doesn’t mean that he physically tripped over himself!). 

“Fall head over heels” is an example of an idiomatic expression. An idiom is a phrase or expression that carries a particular meaning distinct from the literal interpretation of its individual words. 

There are approximately 25,000 idioms in the English language. Don’t feel bad if you don’t know them all! 

Instead, focus on learning and understanding some common idioms you can use every day at work and in life. 

This episode focuses on ten idioms that include the word “head”. To listen to the episode, head straight to the video below. (Did you spot the idiom there? Yes, “head straight” is an idiom which means “to go directly”.)

After watching the episode, have a go at this quiz!

Choose the correct words to complete the idioms. You can check your answers below. 

  1. I tried to understand the doctor’s explanation, but it was so complex that it went completely (over/on top of) my head.
  2. Let’s (place/put) our heads together to brainstorm ideas for this exciting project.
  3. In crazy situations, just (bang/keep) your head, talk it out with the team, and find the way forward together.
  4. After reading the manual for hours, I still can’t make head or (tail/bottom) of it.
  5. With the deadline approaching, you need to (get/push) your head down and focus on completing the project.
  6. The political candidates will have a (head/fist)-to-head debate to discuss their policies.
  7. It’s frustrating to keep protesting. It feels like we’re just banging our heads (against/on) the brick wall, and nothing is changing.
  8. I’m struggling to (rap/wrap) my head around the concept of artificial intelligence.
  9. When I challenged the politician on his views, he looked like he wanted to bite my head (of/off).
  10. Great question. I don’t have the exact numbers in front of me, but (off/of) the top of my head, I would estimate that it’s around 50%.

 

How did you do? You can check your answers below.

  1. Over somebody’s head
  2. Put your/their heads together
  3. Keep your head
  4. Can’t make head or tail of something
  5. Get your head down
  6. Head-to-head
  7. Banging our head against the brick wall
  8. Wrap my head around
  9. Bite somebody’s head off
  10. Off the top of my head

 

I hope that you’ll find learning idioms can be useful for expressing your emotions in colourful and expressive ways. 

Start experimenting with using idioms in your conversations to become more comfortable with them. Just remember not to overuse, or misuse them. I talk more about that in the episode here.

That’s all for today’s lesson!

 

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