head on


[hed-on, -awn]
(of two objects) meeting with the fronts or heads foremost: a head-on collision.
facing the direction of forward motion or alignment; frontal.
characterized by direct opposition: a head-on confrontation.
with the front or head foremost, especially in a collision: She stepped out of the front door and walked head-on into her husband.

1830–40, Americanism

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adv, —adj
1.  with the front or fronts foremost: a head-on collision
2.  with directness or without compromise: in his usual head-on fashion

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Idioms & Phrases

head on

  1. With the face or front first, as in The two bicycles collided head on. [Early 1800s]

  2. In direct conflict, in open opposition, as in They decided to meet the opposition head on.

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