heads-up

[ hedz-uhp ]
/ ˈhɛdzˌʌp /
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adjective

quick to grasp a situation and take advantage of opportunities; alert; resourceful.

noun

a warning in advance: sending a heads-up to the Pentagon about possible attacks.

Origin of heads-up

First recorded in 1945–50

Definition for heads-up (2 of 3)

Origin of head

before 900; Middle English he(v)ed, Old English hēafod; cognate with Old High German houbit, Gothic haubith; akin to Old English hafud- (in hafudland headland), Old Norse hǫfuth, Latin caput (see capital1)
Related formshead·like, adjectivemul·ti·head, noun

Definition for heads-up (3 of 3)

heads up


interjection

(used to call attention to an impending danger or the need for immediate alertness).

Origin of heads up

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for heads-up (1 of 3)

Head

/ (hɛd) /

noun

Edith. 1907–81, US dress designer: won many Oscars for her Hollywood film costume designs

British Dictionary definitions for heads-up (2 of 3)

heads up


noun

mainly US and Canadian a tip-off or small amount of information given in advance

British Dictionary definitions for heads-up (3 of 3)

head

/ (hɛd) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsheadlike, adjective

Word Origin for head

Old English hēafod; related to Old Norse haufuth, Old Frisian hāved, Old Saxon hōbid, Old High German houbit
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Medicine definitions for heads-up

head

[ hĕd ]

n.

The uppermost or forwardmost part of the human body, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.
The analogous part of various vertebrate and invertebrate animals.
The pus-containing tip of an abscess, boil, or pimple.
The rounded proximal end of a long bone.
The end of a muscle that is attached to the less movable part of the skeleton.
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Idioms and Phrases with heads-up (1 of 2)

head


In addition to the idioms beginning with head

  • head above water, keep one's
  • head and shoulders above
  • head for
  • head in the clouds, have one's
  • head in the sand
  • head off
  • head on
  • head or tail
  • head out
  • head over heels
  • heads or tails
  • head start
  • heads up
  • heads will roll
  • head up

also see:

  • beat into someone's head
  • beat one's head against the wall
  • big head
  • bite someone's head off
  • bring to a head
  • can't make head or tail of
  • count noses (heads)
  • do blindfolded (standing on one's head)
  • enter one's mind (head)
  • eyes in the back of one's head
  • from head to toe
  • get into one's head
  • get one's head examined
  • get through one's head
  • give someone his or her head
  • good head on one's shoulders
  • go to one's head
  • hang one's head
  • hang over (one's head)
  • have a head for
  • have a screw loose (head screwed on right)
  • hide one's head
  • hide one's head in the sand
  • hit the nail on the head
  • hold a gun to someone's head
  • hold one's head high
  • in over one's head
  • keep one's head
  • laugh one's head off
  • like a chicken with its head cut off
  • lose one's head
  • make one's head spin
  • need like a hole in the head
  • not right in the head
  • off one's head
  • off the top of one's head
  • on one's head
  • on the block (put one's head)
  • over one's head
  • price on one's head
  • put ideas in someone's head
  • put our heads together
  • rear its ugly head
  • rocks in one's head
  • roof over one's head
  • scratch one's head
  • shake one's head
  • soft in the head
  • swelled head
  • talk someone's arm (head) off
  • throw oneself (at someone's head)
  • touched in the head
  • trouble one's head
  • turn one's head
  • upside the head
  • use one's head

Idioms and Phrases with heads-up (2 of 2)

heads up


A warning to watch out for potential danger, as in Heads up, that tree is coming down now! The expression is generally in the form of an interjection. [c. 1940]

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