head over heels

head over heels

  1. Tumbling upside down; somersaulting.
    She tripped and rolled head over heels down the hill.
    Synonyms: arse over tit, ass over teakettle, base over apex
  2. At top speed; frantically.
    Hearing the noise in the dark, the children ran head over heels back home.
    Synonyms: full tilt, full throttle, like mad
  3. (usually with in love) Hopelessly, madly, to distraction, deeply, utterly.
    • 1904, Henry Huttleston Rogers, “Letter from Rogers to Clemens (Mark Twain) dated 8 February 1904”, in Mark Twain's Correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers, 1893–1909, 1969, University of California Press, page 555:
      I am head over heels in trouble.
    • 1967, Russell B. Long, Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 90th Congress – First Session, United States Congress, page 16122:
      Some of them lose and wind up head over heels in debt. Some of them win and wind up head over heels in debt.
Translations Translations
  • German: Hals über Kopf, wie verrückt, wie wahnsinnig
  • Italian: a gambe levate
  • Russian: сломя́ го́лову
Translations Adjective

head over heels (not comparable)

  1. Hopelessly smitten, madly in love.
  • French: fou amoureux

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