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headlight

[hed-lahyt] /ˈhɛdˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a light or lamp, usually equipped with a reflector, on the front of an automobile, locomotive, etc.
Origin of headlight
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; head + light1
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  • Three young owls were sitting in the middle of the road scared by our headlights; we hit one, the other two flew away.

  • Muldoon's figure was outlined in the glow of the headlights.

    Lease to Doomsday Lee Archer
  • But presently the headlights showed a long, dark street, clear of interference.

    The Professor's Mystery Wells Hastings
  • Tires crunched on the gravel then, and headlights washed the darkness from the drive.

    Star Mother Robert F. Young
  • When they came into the light cast by the headlights of the truck, the sheriff at once recognized Art Howells.

British Dictionary definitions for headlights

headlight

/ˈhɛdˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
a powerful light, equipped with a reflector and attached to the front of a motor vehicle, locomotive, etc See also quartz-iodine lamp
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Word Origin and History for headlights

headlight

n.

1861, originally of ships and locomotives, from head (n.) + light (n.). Related: Headlights, which, as slang for "a woman's breasts," is from 1940s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for headlights

headlights

noun

  1. The eyes (1920s+ Prizefight)
  2. A woman's breasts (1940s+)

hang a few on

verb phrase

To have several drinks of liquor: He had only hung a few on and was, for him, slightly sober (1950s+)

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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