- (of two objects) meeting with the fronts or heads foremost: a head-on collision.
- facing the direction of forward motion or alignment; frontal.
- characterized by direct opposition: a head-on confrontation.
- with the front or head foremost, especially in a collision: She stepped out of the front door and walked head-on into her husband.
Origin of head-on
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Related Words for head onpersonal, immediate, smack, prompt, lineal, succeeding, straight, dilapidation, bump, slam, rap, pileup, crash, thud, impact, wreck, concussion, jar, jolt, percussion
- with the front or fronts foremosta head-on collision
- with directness or without compromisein his usual head-on fashion
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With the face or front first, as in The two bicycles collided head on. [Early 1800s]
In direct conflict, in open opposition, as in They decided to meet the opposition head on.
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