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heads-up

[hedz-uhp] /ˈhɛdzˌʌp/
adjective
1.
quick to grasp a situation and take advantage of opportunities; alert; resourceful.
noun
2.
a warning in advance:
sending a heads-up to the Pentagon about possible attacks.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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heads-up

"clever, alert," 1952, from warning cry "heads up!" (i.e. "look up!"), attested by 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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heads-up

adjective

Clever; alert; shrewd: They're playing real heads-up football (1940s+)

modifier

: Daschle was on Mitchell's heads-up list for good reason

noun

A warning; a meeting where warning is given: blamed Young for not giving regents a ''heads up'' about the controversy/ Altman called a brief heads-up designed to tell the White House what procedures the RFC would follow (1990s+)


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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