Origin of heads-upfrom interjectional phrase heads up!: see head
- Heads up is defined as something you shout to get someone's attention.
An example of heads up is when you yell at a person who isn't paying attention and who is about to get hit with a frisbee.
- The definition of a heads up is an alert or a warning.
An example of a heads up is when you let your Internet-surfing co-worker know that your boss is about to enter his office.
(plural heads-up or heads-ups)
- (chiefly US, idiomatic) A warning or call to pay attention; an advisory notice.
- Send everyone a heads-up about the inspection tomorrow.
(comparative more heads-up, superlative most heads-up)
- It may feel like you're holding back, but don't let the frustration get to you; what you're really doing is giving your body a heads-up that there's change coming, giving it a chance to adapt accordingly.
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- A variation of this is the heads-up breast stroke, where the swimmer's head stays above the water at all times.
- Browse the clothing listed under that heading for a heads-up on what's new and hot.
- Don't tell the big boys I gave you a heads-up on this.