Definition of head-on in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhed ˈˌän/ /ˈhɛd ˈˌɑn/

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  • 1Involving the front of a vehicle or vehicles.

    ‘a head-on collision’
    • ‘Within seconds both vehicles were in a head-on collision then a further two cars crashed into the first two.’
    • ‘A motorist was cut free from her car after she was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle.’
    • ‘Police confirmed the two vehicles collided head-on near the caravan park at Thorpe Hall country estate.’
    • ‘A husband and wife attacked a man whose car collided head-on with a vehicle carrying their relatives.’
    • ‘One of the vehicles veered onto the wrong side of the road and crashed head-on into the cash-in-transit vehicle.’
    • ‘She stopped in the middle of the fast lane facing opposite traffic, and a tanker carrying diesel fuel smashed head-on into the front of her car.’
    • ‘A 50 year old man was admitted to hospital after a head-on motor vehicle accident in which he was a passenger in a wheelchair.’
    • ‘A man from Southend and another from Shoebury suffered serious injuries when their cars were involved in a head-on collision.’
    • ‘Janet was injured in a head-on collision while driving along the same stretch of road last year, and still requires back treatment as a result.’
    • ‘A traumatised mum whose car was involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver today spoke of the terrible effect the crash has had on her life.’
    • ‘A taxi driver escaped serious injury in a head-on collision at Potterne Woods on the A360.’
    • ‘A lorry involved in a head-on collision which killed a Tadcaster company boss skidded on to the offside of the road, an inquest heard.’
    • ‘Often they escape a head-on collision with moments to spare.’
    • ‘It is virtually impossible to have a head-on collision on a motorway where all the traffic is going in the same direction.’
    • ‘Two cars were involved in the head-on collision near the Cayley Arms pub, blocking the Pickering to Scarborough road.’
    • ‘In Coventry two police officers were injured in a head-on collision after a car is believed to have swerved across the road in front of them.’
    • ‘The head-on collision left Ms Buckle trapped with multiple injuries.’
    • ‘It was pointed out that those who knew avoided the pothole by running the danger of head-on collision with the on coming traffic.’
    • ‘A woman has died following a head-on collision at one of Scotland's worst accident black spots.’
    • ‘The Irish champion walker was travelling in a car which was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry.’
    direct, involving the front of a vehicle, front-to-front
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  • 2Directly confrontational.

    ‘he was trying to avoid a head-on clash’
    • ‘These it gave a wide berth, wary of any head-on confrontation with the regime.’
    • ‘The key scene is one in which Dawn has a head-on confrontation with Geoff, the operational manager.’
    • ‘Most of them are trying to avoid head-on confrontation with the government.’
    • ‘It shows how scores of business people have been given government posts which clash head-on with their commercial interests.’
    • ‘The interests of the major powers are bound to clash head-on over Iraqi oil.’
    • ‘If you split Saint Andrew's cross down the middle, you have a symbol of two great systems, clashing head-on.’
    • ‘We must confront head-on those few who preach violence and hatred.’
    • ‘In the Commons the prime minister confronted critics head-on.’
    • ‘As a result, the committee was forced to take its job seriously and confront the scandal head-on.’
    • ‘I don't think any national figure in America has the courage or the faculties to confront this issue head-on.’
    • ‘The time has come to confront your fears head-on and take a trip to the local hospital…’
    • ‘A couple of best friends are confronting bullying head-on at their school to make younger children feel safe.’
    • ‘The only way you get anywhere with a mad dog is to confront it head-on.’
    • ‘Her resolve to tackle the menace head-on gave a clear direction to the attending bureaucrats.’
    • ‘He should confront head-on the fundamental misapprehensions driving the public mood.’
    • ‘Tackling other people's problems head-on can't always be easy and Margaret admits there can be a downside.’
    • ‘Most people may be quite disarmed by Joan's head-on approach to things.’
    • ‘We shall attempt to face head-on the questions raised by the clash of values in Chapter 9.’
    • ‘We meet this problem head-on by analyzing data provided by a nationwide sample of people of all ages.’
    • ‘Few people will challenge activists' arguments head-on, and defend the moral value of animal research.’
    direct, face to face, personal
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  • 1With the front of a vehicle.

    • ‘they hit a bus head-on’
  • 2With direct confrontation.

    • ‘she's a serious writer who frequently tackles social issues head-on’