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head something off at the pass

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head off at the pass

verb phrase

To forestall or prevent by anticipation: A single mother has to establish control fast, before the coercive cycle builds. You have to head it off at the pass

[1930s+; fr the stock situation in western movies, where typically the leader of a force pursuing thieves or rustlers through rough ground declares, ''We'll head them off at the pass'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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