A train approaches head-on.
head-on definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- with the head or front foremost: a head-on collision
- directly; esp., in direct opposition: to meet a problem head-on
head-on definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- With the head or front first: The cars crashed head-on.
- In open conflict; in direct opposition: “I have wondered since whether it would have been wiser to meet the issue head-on” (Henry A. Kissinger).
- Facing forward; frontal.
- With the front end foremost: a head-on collision.
head-on - Phrases/Idioms
With the face or front first, as in The two bicycles collided head on. [Early 1800s]
In direct conflict, in open opposition, as in They decided to meet the opposition head on.