[hed-lahyt] /ˈhɛdˌlaɪt/

a or lamp, usually equipped with a reflector, on the front of an automobile, locomotive, etc.
a powerful light, equipped with a reflector and attached to the front of a motor vehicle, locomotive, etc See also quartz-iodine lamp

1861, originally of ships and locomotives, from head (n.) + light (n.). Related: Headlights, which, as slang for “a woman’s breasts,” is from 1940s.


verb phrase

To have several drinks of liquor: He had only hung a few on and was, for him, slightly sober (1950s+)


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