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[hed-on, -awn] /ˈhɛdˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
(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.
Origin of head-on
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She looked like a head-on collision between a fashion plate and a nightmare.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Fortunately, the wind came to me head-on as I steered for "The Cascade."

    My Airships Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • By this time her prow was head-on for the “Restless,” as though aimed to strike the latter craft amidships.

  • Say, I said, did you come close to anybody in that head-on attack?

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
  • At the time he made this decision Gus Gols had just entered the deep gully, and a head-on collision seemed imminent.

  • But I know that the spot was lovely for a head-on collision.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • He roared down through the misty edge of the cloud and barely missed a head-on crash with Stan.

  • He flashed into them head-on, like a devil from the outer darkness.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
British Dictionary definitions for head-on


adverb, adjective
with the front or fronts foremost: a head-on collision
with directness or without compromise: in his usual head-on fashion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for head-on

1840, from head (n.) + on.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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