- (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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Examples from the Web for head-on
I was really surprised because Head-On had already been brought to the screen six years ago.Game of Thrones’ Sibel Kekilli Discusses Shae’s Treachery at the Trial of Tyrion Lannister
May 13, 2014
Former IRA man McGuinness says he addressed the issue 'head-on'McGuinness Spoke to Queen About Mountbatten's Death
July 2, 2012
Fortunately, the wind came to me head-on as I steered for "The Cascade."My Airships
If there are blocks, it can be helpful to meet them head-on.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
The car was coming fast, head-on for passage against all-comers.Dreamy Hollow
Sumner Charles Britton
Say, I said, did you come close to anybody in that head-on attack?Test Pilot
David Goodger (email@example.com)
But I know that the spot was lovely for a head-on collision.The Orphan
Clarence E. Mulford
- with the front or fronts foremosta head-on collision
- with directness or without compromisein his usual head-on fashion
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Word Origin and History for head-on
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper