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- adv. Tumbling upside down.
- adv. At top speed; frantically.
- adv. Hopelessly smitten.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. precipitously and without forethought; impulsively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in disorderly haste
Emerged in the 14th century as "heels over head", which is more literally accurate, as "head over heels" is the more standard state of being. "Heels over head" evolved into "head over heels" in common use departing its literal meaning, probably for reasons of phrasal elegance. (Wiktionary)
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