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Completely, thoroughly, as in They fell head over heels in love. This expression originated in the 1300s as heels over head and meant literally being upside down. It took its present form in the 1700s and its present meaning in the 1800s.

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What does head over heels mean?

Head over heels is a figurative phrase that means totally or completely.

Head over heels is almost always used to refer to feelings of passionate love, as in Romeo was head over heels in love with Juliet. The phrase is commonly used in the forms like “to be head over heels in love with” and “to fall head over heels for.”

Head over heels is also used to mean somebody really likes or is obsessed with something or someone, as in The team owner fell head over heels for the promising young athlete and demanded the team draft them. 

Example: Jack fell head over heels in love with Rose and wanted to spend every minute of the day with her. 

Where does head over heels come from?

The first records of head over heels come from around 1710. The expression comes from the earlier heels over head, which was used to refer to someone being literally upside down. Head over heels gained its figurative meaning in the 1800s.

Head over heels is used to refer to someone who is completely enamored with another person. If you are head over heels in love with someone, you can’t get the other person out of your mind. You are completely focused on them. The phrase is often used in music, art, Valentine’s Day cards, and other creative works about love.

Head over heels is also commonly used in metaphors or wordplay that is describing someone as being captivated by or fixated on something or someone.

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How is head over heels used in real life?

Head over heels is used to refer to people who are literally or figurative in love with someone or something.

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Which of the following words is a synonym for head over heels?

A. somewhat
B. completely
C. almost
D. mostly

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