head over heels

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Tumbling upside down.

Etymology:

  • 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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She tripped and rolled head over heels down the hill.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'head over heels':

head over heelsAt top speed; frantically.
head over heelsHopelessly smitten.
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  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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