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

  1. :  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

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

    :  brand

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

headplay
  1. :  the upper or anterior division of the animal body that contains the brain, the chief sense organs, and the mouth

    :  the seat of the intellect :  mind

    :  a person with respect to mental qualities

  1. :  of, relating to, or intended for the upper or anterior division of the animal body that contains the brain, the chief sense organs, and the mouth :  of, relating to, or intended for the head (see 1head 1)

    :  principal, chief

    :  located at the end that is upper or higher :  situated at the head (see 1head 5a)

  1. :  behead

    :  to put the striking part of a weapon, tool, or implement on :  fit a head (see 1head 9b) to

    :  to form the uppermost extremity or projecting part of :  to form the head or top of

  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

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

    :  neither

  1. :  than

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

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

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

  1. :  to connect end to end

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

    :  to remove the stem or bottom part of

  1. :  entail

  1. :  limited as to tenure :  entailed


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