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head-on

[hed-on, -awn] /ˈhɛdˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
adjective
1.
(of two objects) meeting with the fronts or heads foremost:
a head-on collision.
2.
facing the direction of forward motion or alignment; frontal.
3.
characterized by direct opposition:
a head-on confrontation.
adverb
4.
with the front or head foremost, especially in a collision:
She stepped out of the front door and walked head-on into her husband.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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  • In a head-on clash between violence and power the outcome is hardly in doubt.
  • As long as scholars don't confront the top leadership head-on, they can write in scholarly journals pretty much as they choose.
  • The best way out is to tackle the costs of ageing head-on by, for instance, raising retirement ages further.
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British Dictionary definitions for head-on

head-on

adverb, adjective
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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Word Origin and History for head-on
adv.

1840, from head (n.) + on.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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