head over heels


Definition of head over heels

1a : in or as if in a somersault : helter-skelter
2 : very much : deeply head over heels in love

Examples of head over heels in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And for a show that already won some plaudits in its 2018 Broadway run for going head over heels to be LGBTQ-friendly in its themes and casting, the Pasadena version hardly looks to be losing any of that in the rethinking. Chris Willman, Variety, 23 Sep. 2021 Recently, fans have been head over heels for all the looks she's debuted while on a press tour in Italy for her new film, Dune. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 7 Sep. 2021 The power couple are still head over heels for each other today, nearly 20 years and three kids later. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, 23 Aug. 2021 The song, as the title indicates, is about a person who’s falling head over heels for someone else just by looking at their photos. Billboard, 5 Aug. 2021 Cartwheel: Go in with the intention of quickly falling head over heels. The New Yorker, 22 July 2021 Shy loner August falls head over heels for uber-cool commuter Jane—only to discover that her amour fou is actually trapped in the New York subway system, circa 1970. Emma Specter, Vogue, 7 July 2021 Stacked with ham, salami, and pepperoni and topped with Italian spices and vinaigrette, get ready to fall head over heels. Jasmine Li, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Britney Spears is head over heels in response to the latest development in her conservatorship battle. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2021

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First Known Use of head over heels

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Nov 2021

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“Head over heels.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/head%20over%20heels. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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