Definition of Head off

1. Verb. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening. "Avert a strike"




Definition of Head off

1. Verb. (intransitive) To begin moving away. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To intercept. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To avoid some usually negative consequence. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Head Off

head of malleus
head of mandible
head of metacarpal bone
head of metatarsal bone
head of pancreas
head of phalanx
head of radius
head of rib
head of stapes
head of state
head of steam
head of talus
head of the caudate nucleus
head of ulna
head off (current term)
head office
head over heels
head presentation
head process
head protective devices
head register
head restraint
head rhyme
head rhymes
head roll
head rolls
head rush
head scratcher
head sea

Literary usage of Head off

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"Over and over again this little experiment was performed without variation in its results, until, finally, satisfied, I moved my head off my arm and ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"Over and over again this little experiment was performed without variation in its results, until, finally, satisfied, I moved my head ofF my arm and ..."

3. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1843)
"... or those which are forward of the centre of gravity or rotation, having a tendency to send the ship's head off from the wind ; after sails, ..."

4. Merchants' Magazine and Commercial Review by William B. Dana (1843)
"... or those which are forward of the centre, of gravity or rotation, having a tendency to send the ship's head off from the wind ; after sails, ..."

5. Report of the Annual Meeting (1895)
"Galley Head ; off Port Erin, April 25, 1895, station 2. AMPHIPODA. A small collection has been made by Mr. RL Ascroft, of Lytham, from trawl refuse and a ..."

6. Old England and New England: In a Series of Views Taken on the Spot by Alfred Bunn (1853)
"... AND JONATHAN'S BAND A PLAYER ON THE HORN APT TO BLOW HIS OWN head off. THE yellow fever ! These are ominous words to begin a chapter with that has any ..."

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