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head-on

[ hed-on, -awn ]
/ ˈhɛdˈɒn, -ˈɔn /
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adjective

(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.

adverb

with the front or head foremost, especially in a collision: She stepped out of the front door and walked head-on into her husband.

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Origin of head-on

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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British Dictionary definitions for head-on

head-on

adverb, adjective

with the front or fronts foremosta head-on collision
with directness or without compromisein his usual head-on fashion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with head-on

head on

1

With the face or front first, as in The two bicycles collided head on. [Early 1800s]

2

In direct conflict, in open opposition, as in They decided to meet the opposition head on.

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