head off


headed off; heading off; heads off

transitive verb

: to turn back or turn aside : block, prevent
head them off at the pass
attempts to head off the imminent crisis

Examples of head off in a Sentence

if we act quickly, we may still be able to head off disaster
Recent Examples on the Web The 18-year-old daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and ex-husband Joe Giudice headed off to her high school prom — and Teresa documented Milania's milestone night for Instagram. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 31 May 2024 Now lawmakers may be attempting to head off the issue by speeding along their packages of bills. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 23 May 2024 Last year, the proud mom celebrated as her daughter Gabriella was headed off to the University of Michigan for school. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 By adopting the code of conduct last year, Chief Justice John Roberts appeared to head off Democratic efforts in Congress to impose an ethics code on the high court. Cnn.com, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for head off 

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Word History

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of head off was in 1825

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“Head off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20off. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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