have/get one's head (screwed) on right/straight

idiom

Definition of have/get one's head (screwed) on right/straight

informal
: to think or act in a smart and sensible way
  • She's young, but it's clear that she has her head screwed on right.
  • You think that's a good idea? You need to get your head screwed on straight.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

right play
  1. : righteous, upright

  2. : being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

  3. : conforming to facts or truth : correct

  1. : qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

  2. : something to which one has a just claim: such as

  3. : the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. : according to right

  2. : in the exact location, position, or moment : precisely

  3. : in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. : to do justice to : redress the injuries of

  2. : justify, vindicate

  3. : avenge

straight play
  1. : free from curves, bends, angles, or irregularities

  2. : generated by a point moving continuously in the same direction and expressed by a linear equation

  3. : lying along or holding to a direct or proper course or method

  1. : in a straight manner

  1. : straighten

  1. : something that is straight: such as

  2. : a straight line or arrangement

  3. : straightaway


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up have/get one's head (screwed) on right/straight? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!