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[hed-furst] /ˈhɛdˈfɜrst/
with the head in front or bent forward; headforemost:
He dived headfirst into the sea.
rashly; precipitately.
Origin of headfirst
1820-30; head + first Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for headfirst


adjective, adverb
with the head foremost; headlong: he fell headfirst
rashly or carelessly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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