American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. With the head or front first: The cars crashed head-on.
- adv. In open conflict; in direct opposition: "I have wondered since whether it would have been wiser to meet the issue head-on” ( Henry A. Kissinger).
- adj. Facing forward; frontal.
- adj. With the front end foremost: a head-on collision.
- adj. idiomatic Direct, abrupt, blunt or unequivocal; not prevaricating.
- adj. Of a collision, from the front or in the direction of motion.
- n. A collision from the front.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. characterized by direct opposition.
- adj. Without evasion or compromise.
- adj. Meeting front to front; used mostly of collisions between vehicles.
- adv. with the front foremost
- adv. in direct opposition; directly.
- adj. characterized by direct opposition
- adj. meeting front to front
“Kudos to the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, an incredible public-private partnership led by the UN Foundation, for tackling this problem head-on and committing to provide clean cookstoves to 100 million homes by 2020.”
“Lady Castlemaine runs towards it head-on, and you must meet her there.”
“That weekend, he and two friends were driving home from a party and were hit head-on.”
“The end of the parliamentary process is an appropriate time to address these criticisms head-on and to dispel some of the prevailing myths.”
“But the program's organizers refused to ignore the issues and pushed the group to confront them head-on.”
“We have a choice: We either continue wasting scarce resources on useless programs or we address discrimination and HIV head-on.”
“Fox: Actually, it was that: the industry's reaction, that they attacked us so head-on.”
“Some face each other as if they were involved in a violent head-on collision.”
“Today, we're going to dive into the fracas, head-on.”
“After a decade of frustration, City Opera will at last change course, choosing the tough road of tackling head-on the expense side of our budget.”
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