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[hed-noht] /ˈhɛdˌnoʊt/

a brief summary, comment, or explanation that precedes a chapter, report, etc.


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  • Head of all the heads

    noun phrase The highest-ranking chief; the big chief; capo di tutti capi: Head of all the heads, you understand my meaning? (1970s+) Related Terms capo

  • Head off at the pass

    verb phrase To forestall or prevent by anticipation: A single mother has to establish control fast, before the coercive cycle builds. You have to head it off at the pass [1930s+; fr the stock situation in western movies, where typically the leader of a force pursuing thieves or rustlers through rough ground declares, ”We’ll head […]

  • Head-of-state

    noun 1. the person who holds the highest position in a national government: a meeting of heads of state.

  • Head of steam

    noun phrase Full speed and impetus: Stephanopoulos acknowledges a steady series of peaks and valleys: ”You get up a head of steam and then—oops! What’s coming around the corner?” [1835+; the date refers to the actual boiler pressure of a machine]

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