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[ hed-on, -awn ]


  1. (of two objects) meeting with the fronts or heads foremost:

    a head-on collision.

  2. facing the direction of forward motion or alignment; frontal.
  3. characterized by direct opposition:

    a head-on confrontation.


  1. with the front or head foremost, especially in a collision:

    She stepped out of the front door and walked head-on into her husband.



  1. with the front or fronts foremost

    a head-on collision

  2. with directness or without compromise

    in his usual head-on fashion

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Word History and Origins

Origin of head-on1

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

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Example Sentences

Instead, the memes tackled the sexual assault allegations head-on.

In 1951, two controversial Paramount films tackled the continued illegality of abortion head-on.

I was really surprised because Head-On ha​d already been brought to the screen six years ago.

By its final chapter The Tender Soldier addresses head-on the unrealistic expectations—and limitations—of a war-weary superpower.

I wanted to meet a dangerous subject head-on with a dangerous character.

The board bothered her, for she couldn't make a head-on attack on the fence, but it didn't bother her long.

Even as he looked a huge gray ape came bounding out, head-on toward Rajah, who despised these foolish beasts.

So engrossed was he in anger that he almost blundered head-on into the grinning red-head who lounged up the corridor toward him.

The general effect is similar to that produced by two ships having a head-on collision at ten miles per second.

She was almost out of sight around the planet when she ran head-on into it, and vanished in an awesome blaze.


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