put/stick/raise one's head above the parapet

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of put/stick/raise one's head above the parapet

British, informal
:to do or say something one thinks is important even though it may have bad results
  • I'll put my head above the parapet to defend him.

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

stick play
  1. : a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: such as

  2. : a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branch

  3. : a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material

  1. : to hit or propel (something, such as a hockey puck) with a stick

  1. : to pierce with something pointed : stab

  2. : to kill by piercing

  3. : to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce

  1. : a thrust with a pointed instrument : stab

  2. : delay, stop

  3. : impediment

raise play
  1. : to cause or help to rise to a standing position

  2. : awaken, arouse

  3. : to stir up : incite

  1. : an act of raising or lifting

  2. : a rising stretch of road : an upward grade : rise

  3. : an increase in amount: such as

above play
  1. : in the sky : overhead

  2. : in or to heaven

  3. : in or to a higher place

  1. : in or to a higher place than : over

  2. : upriver of

  3. : superior to (as in rank, quality, or degree)

  1. : something that is above

  2. : a person whose name is written above

  3. : a higher authority

  1. : written or discussed higher on the same page or on a preceding page

parapet play
  1. : a wall, rampart, or elevation of earth or stone to protect soldiers

  2. : a low wall or railing to protect the edge of a platform, roof, or bridge —called also parapet wall


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