not make head or/nor tail of

variants: or US not make heads or/nor tails (out) of

Definition of not make head or/nor tail of

informal
:to be unable to understand (something)
  • I couldn't make heads or tails of her reaction.
  • His handwriting was so bad that we couldn't make heads or tails out of it.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

nor play
  1. used as a function word to introduce the second or last member or the second and each following member of a series of items each of which is negated

  2. used as a function word to introduce and negate a following clause or phrase

  3. : neither

  1. : than

  1. : homologue containing one less methyl group

  1. : a computer logic (see logic 1d) circuit that produces an output that is the inverse (see 2inverse 3) of that of an OR circuit

tail play
  1. : the rear end or a process or prolongation of the rear end of the body of an animal

  2. : something resembling an animal's tail in shape or position: such as

  3. : a luminous stream of particles, gases, or ions extending from a comet especially in the antisolar direction

  1. : to follow for purposes of surveillance

  2. : to connect end to end

  3. : to remove the tail of (an animal) : dock

  1. : entail

  1. : limited as to tenure : entailed


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