heads-up

[ hedz-uhp ]
/ ˈhɛdzˌʌp /

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.

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM head

head·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 forms of head

headlike, 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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Medical 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

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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