head or tail


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

Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of head or tail was in 1546

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

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