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heads-up

adjective \ ˈhedz-ˈəp \

Definition of heads-up

: alert, resourceful
  • heads-up football

First Known Use of heads-up

1913

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heads-up

noun

Definition of heads-up

: a message that alerts or prepares : warning
  • gave him a heads-up that an investigation was pending

First Known Use of heads-up

1981

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heads up

interjection

Definition of heads up

used as a warning to look out for danger especially overhead or to clear a passageway

First Known Use of heads up

1916

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HEADS-UP Defined for English Language Learners

heads-up

Definition of heads-up for English Language Learners

  • : showing that you are very aware of what is happening around you


heads-up

Definition of heads-up for English Language Learners

  • : a message that tells or warns someone about something that is going to happen


heads up

Definition of heads up for English Language Learners

  • —used to tell someone to look up because of possible danger


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