loggerhead


log·ger·head

noun \ˈl-gər-ˌhed, ˈlä-\

Definition of LOGGERHEAD

1
chiefly dialect
a :  blockhead
b :  head; especially :  a disproportionately large head
2
a :  a very large chiefly carnivorous sea turtle (Caretta caretta) of subtropical and temperate waters
b :  alligator snapping turtle
3
:  an iron tool consisting of a long handle terminating in a ball or bulb that is heated and used to melt tar or to heat liquids
at loggerheads
:  in or into a state of quarrelsome disagreement

Examples of LOGGERHEAD

  1. <that loggerhead couldn't find the business end of a cow even if his life depended on it>

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Origin of LOGGERHEAD

probably from English dialect logger block of wood + English head
First Known Use: 1588

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