head over heels


Definition of head over heels 

1a : in or as if in a somersault : helter-skelter

b : upside down

2 : very much : deeply head over heels in love

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Kemp broke in, dove head first, and corralled the catch while tumbling head over heels as his hat left his head. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros use trio of homers to earn win No. 50," 21 June 2018 Bears fans are going to love this draft — if Pace doesn’t fall head over heels for an idea that creates more risk than necessary. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Bears fans are going to love this draft if Ryan Pace plays it safe and stays at No. 8," 20 Apr. 2018 And, if unnamed sources close to the actor are to be believed, he's fallen head over heels for the 42-year-old, award-winning architectural designer. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Brad Pitt Is Reportedly "Smitten" with MIT Professor Neri Oxman," 11 Apr. 2018 The tractor did a wheelie, throwing me backward, head over heels to the ground. David Roper, idahostatesman, "Put your trust in Jesus, defeat death | Idaho Statesman," 6 May 2018 Houseman finds her rhythm and falls head over heels for her dance instructor. BostonGlobe.com, "Things to do in Greater Boston this spring," 30 Mar. 2018 The defense argues the location of her injuries indicate Rhonda left the trail feet first -- not tumbling head over heels from a push. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, ""There's definitely a lot more to the story" says man charged in fiancée's fatal fall from cliff," 17 Mar. 2018 The people making the call were head over heels for Mueller. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Hutton: Valparaiso football coach goes AWOL on his team to end strange saga," 10 Feb. 2018 Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder The Vampire Diaries fans fell head over heels for Ian's portrayal of bad boy vampire Damon, and clearly Nina felt the same way. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "22 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of head over heels

1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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