Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “head someone off”

head someone off

(STOP MOVEMENT) phrasal verb with head    /hed/ verb
to block someone's movement by getting in front of the person: Police tried to head off the bank robbers at the next exit.
(Definition of head someone off (STOP MOVEMENT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of head someone off

Word of the Day


friendly or helpful

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More