1 part of the body
blonde, dark, fair, grey/gray, greying/graying
bent, bowed

She sat with bowed head.


The city gates were adorned with severed heads.

crowned (figurative)

The message was sent to all the crowned heads (= kings and queens) of Europe.

poke, pop, put, stick

He put his head around the door.

bob, cock, crane, incline, jerk, tilt, turn

She jerked her head in the direction of the door.

lift, raise
bend, bow, drop, duck, hang, lower

He hung his head in shame.

swing, throw back, toss

He threw his head back and laughed out loud.

nod, shake

They nodded their heads in agreement.

She shook her head in disbelief.


He scratched his head, not understanding a word.

Detectives have been left scratching their heads over the stolen painting. (figurative)

bang, hit
pat, rub
clutch, hold

He lay writhing on the ground, clutching his head in pain.


She buried her head in the pillow.

lay, lean, rest

She rested her head on his shoulder.


He shaved his head and became a monk.

ache, pound, throb
bob, jerk, nod, tilt, turn

Her head tilted to one side as she considered the question.

droop, drop, fall, hang down, hang low

His head drooped and tears fell into his lap.

hit sth

I'm normally asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

above your head

The thunder burst with a grand crash above our heads.

over your head

The soldiers were ordered to fire over the heads of the crowd.

from head to foot, from head to toe

We were covered from head to foot in mud.

a fine, full, good, thick, etc. head of hair (= a lot of hair)

a woman with a beautiful head of chestnut hair

have, hold, put, etc. your head in your hands

He put his head in his hands, exasperated.

head first

He dived head first into the water.

She got divorced and rushed head first into another marriage. (figurative)

a nod of the head

The ambassador dismissed him with a curt nod of the head.

a shake of the head

She declined with a brief shake of the head.

2 mind
clear, cool, level

She needed to keep a clear head if she was to remain in control.


I have a good head for figures.


I wish you'd use your head (= think carefully before doing or saying something).


It never entered my head that he might be lying.

pop into

It was the first name that popped into my head.

get it into

When will you get it into your head (= understand) that I don't want to discuss this any more!

For some reason she got it into her head (= started to believe) that the others don't like her.

put sth into

Who's been putting such weird ideas into your head?

get sth out of, put sth out of

I can't get that tune out of my head.

Try to put the exams out of your head for tonight.


Don't bother your pretty little head with things like that!


I decided to go for a walk to clear my head.


He could feel his head spinning after only one drink.

in your head

I can't work it out in my head—I need a calculator.

inside your head

It was an accident, said a voice inside his head.

can't get your head round sth (= can't understand sth) (BrE, informal)

She's dead. I can't get my head round it yet.

need your head examined

He looked at me as if I needed my head examined (= as if I were crazy).

your thick head (= used to show that you are annoyed that sb does not understand sth) (informal)

When will you get it into your thick head that I don't want to see you again!

3 heads side of a coin

I called heads and it came down tails.

come down, come up (esp. AmE)
heads or tails?
4 of a group, organization, school, etc.
assistant, deputy
department, departmental
nominal, titular

He is only the nominal head of the company.

The Queen is titular head of the Church of England.

coach, gardener, teacher (BrE), waiter
boy, girl (= in a school) (both BrE)
a head of department
the head of the family, the head of the household
a head of government, a head of state

a summit meeting of heads of state

the head of the group
1 go
north, northwards, etc.

We headed west for two days.

down, off, out, up, etc.

Let's head back home.

back to

We headed straight back to school.


He turned and headed for the door.


She stood up and headed towards/toward the exit.

2 (also head up) be in charge of sth
appoint sb to

She has been appointed to head up the research team.

Head is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑boat, ↑footstep, ↑traffic, ↑train
Head is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ball, ↑bill, ↑cast, ↑coalition, ↑commission, ↑committee, ↑delegation, ↑department, ↑division, ↑enquiry, ↑expedition, ↑field, ↑firm, ↑force, ↑goal, ↑government, ↑group, ↑household, ↑investigation, ↑list, ↑panel, ↑party, ↑procession, ↑regime, ↑task force, ↑team, ↑way

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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