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head over heels

Definitions

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  • adverb Tumbling upside down.
  • adverb At top speed; frantically.
  • adverb Hopelessly smitten.

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  • adverb in disorderly haste

Etymologies

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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.

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