› a person who is in charge of a team, department, or an organization: Each department head has a great deal of freedom with regard to decision-making. The proposal awaits final approval by a meeting of EU heads of state next month. If you are a single parent, you can reduce your tax liability by filing as a head of household with a dependent child. a head buyer/cashier/trader
› one person considered as a unit: cost/price/spend per head The region saw incomes per head fall by an average 4 per cent a year over the past decade. The airline offered maximum compensation of £150 a head to anyone whose flight was disrupted by the strike action.
be/get in over your head › to be involved in something that is too difficult for you to deal with: He denied fraud saying he was a businessman who just got in over his head.
bury/have your head in the sand › to refuse to think about a problem or difficult situation that could have unpleasant effects: The dangers of identity theft are clear but many companies still choose to bury their heads in the sand and act only after there has been a security breach.
come to a head (also bring sth to a head) › if a difficult situation comes to a head, or someone brings it to a head, it reaches a stage when someone must take strong action to deal with it: The row came to a head when the US imposed one billion dollars in taxes on a whole range of consumer goods.
get your head round/around sth › to manage to understand something: It's hard to get your head round these new tax laws.
get/keep your head down UK informal › to put all your effort into finishing a particular task: If I get my head down, I'll be able to finish the report before the end of the day. › to do or say as little as possible in order to avoid attention: The chairman intends to keep his head down until his disagreement with the serious fraud office is settled.
go over sb's head › to deal with someone at a higher level: He was furious that staff had gone over his head to try and implement departmental changes without his approval. › to be too difficult for someone to understand: Most of the budget meeting went over my head.
have a (good) head for sth › to be very good at something: She had a good head for business.
head on › if you deal with something head on, you deal with it directly and with determination: Leading corporations are tackling their carbon emissions head on. › if you compete head on with another business, you offer the same products or services and each try to be more successful than the other: The merger should enable the bank to compete head on with the other major investment institutions.
heads will roll › used to say that people are likely to be punished or lose their jobs because of something they have done: Sources close to the bank have denied suggestions that heads will roll following the huge losses reported this week.
keep your head above water › to try to manage a difficult situation, especially when it involves a lot of work or a lack of money: The business has lurched from one financial crisis to another but we have managed to keep our heads above water.
put our/your/their heads together › to work together with others to solve a problem or deal with a difficult situation: If we want to remain competitive, we'd better put our heads together and come up with new ways of reaching our market.