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Idioms with the word "Head" (September 24 Class)

Olga wants to get ahead in English. She wishes to advance her skills in English.

His head is not screwed on very tight. He is a bit stupid about things and does things that other people generally do not do.

We can also say, "She is a few bricks short of a full load."

He has a head on his shoulders. This is a positive statement about a person who is very reliable, sensible. He would be good in an emergency.

She is a good head. A good head is person who is nice and gentle and good to know.

He has a big head. He is always right even when he is wrong. You cannot tell him; he won't listen.

to head up: She heads up the committee (group of people who work on something together). This woman is the leader of the group.

Balvinder heads up a society.

The students were writing a test. The teacher left the room. Everyone started to talk. Someone said "heads up," the teacher's coming. He gave everyone a "heads up." So, "a heads up" is a warning.

Give me a head start, please. I am feeling a bit tired today. If you go first, I will never catch you. The rabbit and the turtle illustrate this idiom. The rabbit gives the turtle "a head start" and loses the race.

to head off:

She is able to head off trouble easily. She sees trouble and prevents it. Can you head off trouble? Yes, I can. I notice when people become angry and make them calm.

My brother and I will head off for Calgary next Sunday. So, we are going to Calgary.

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