Off the Top of Your Head

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Without careful thought, without any investigation

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  • In the middle of the 20th century, Americans started using this expression. Thoughts come from your brain, which is in the top of your head. So if you blurt out facts quickly without having to think about them, then you're talking "off the top of your head," as if right out of your brain.
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I can’t tell you the exact address of Michael just off the top of my head. I have to check my diary.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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