head on


  1. (of two objects) meeting with the fronts or heads foremost: a head-on collision.
  2. facing the direction of forward motion or alignment; frontal.
  3. characterized by direct opposition: a head-on confrontation.


  1. with the front or head foremost, especially in a collision: She stepped out of the front door and walked head-on into her husband.

adverb, adjective

  1. with the front or fronts foremosta head-on collision
  2. with directness or without compromisein his usual head-on fashion

1840, from head (n.) + on.


With the face or front first, as in The two bicycles collided head on. [Early 1800s]


In direct conflict, in open opposition, as in They decided to meet the opposition head on.

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