on one's head


Also, on one's own head. As one's responsibility or fault, as in If the police catch you speeding it's on your own head. This idiom, dating from the 1300s, conjures up the image of blame or guilt falling on someone's head. Also see off one's head.

QUIZZES

BECOME A PRO CHEF WITH THIS EXQUISITE CUISINE QUIZ!

Even if you can't be a professional chef, you can at least talk like one with this vocabulary quiz.
Question 1 of 9
You may have read the word "simmer" in a recipe or two, but what does it really mean?
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.