Definition of Head over heels

1. Adverb. In disorderly haste. "We ran head over heels toward the shelter"

Definition of Head over heels

1. Adverb. Tumbling upside down. ¹

2. Adverb. At top speed; frantically. ¹

3. Adverb. Hopelessly smitten. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Head Over Heels

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
head office
head over heels (current term)
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
head shop
head shops

Literary usage of Head over heels

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1. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"See EPICENE PRONOUNS. head over heels Part of the appeal of this adverbial phrase ... head over heels has now entirely superseded heels over head, ..."

2. English Hymns: Their Authors and History by Samuel Willoughby Duffield (1886)
"The argument was closed by their ejecting the eloquent Tory head over heels through a window into the street, minus his hat and coat ; it is rumored that ..."

3. Choice Literature: A Monthly Magazine (1885)
"Here and there a seal sprang up, plunged head over heels, and then disappeared under the gently-curling plain. The captain, a taciturn man with dark ..."

4. Wanderings of an Artist Among the Indians of North America: From Canada to by Paul Kane (1859)
"Head over Heels.—Sketching under Difficulties. — A Troublesome Tenant. I ARRIVED at Fort Garry about three days after the half-breeds had departed; ..."

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