head or tail

noun

Definition of head or tail

1 : this side or that side often used in plural in tossing a coin to decide a choice, question, or stake — compare heads or tails
2 : beginning or end : one thing or another : something definite could not make head or tail of what he said

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First Known Use of head or tail

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Head or tail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20or%20tail. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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