head or tail


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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