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head sb. (the chief idiomatic, technical, and special uses are the foll.)
1. put for ‘ears’ LLL. IV. iii. 336 “When the suspicious of theft is stopp'd,” Troil. IV. v. 5, Per. II. iii. 97 “Loud music is too harsh for ladies' heads” ; for ‘mouth’ Cym. V. v. 158 “Those” [viands] “which I heav'd to head”; = the mod. ‘face’ in the phr. “to” (one's) “head” Meas. IV. iii. 151, Ado. V. i. 62, MND. I. i. 106.
2. antlers of a deer, roebuck, &c. 1H6 IV. ii. 51 “Turn on the bloody hounds with h-s of steel” ; quibble in Troil. IV. v. 31, 45, 46; “of the first ,” said of a deer, &c., at the age when the antlers are first developed LLL. IV. ii. 10.
3. source of a river; fig. source, origin All'sW. I. iii. 180 “Your salt tears' ,” R2 I. i. 97, Ham. I. i. 106 “The source of this our watch and the chief head Of this post-haste.”
4. headland, promontory Ant. III. vii. 51.
5. category Tim. III. v. 28* “set quarrelling Upon the head of valour.”
6. hostile advance, resistance Ham. IV. v. 101* “Laertes, in a riotous head.”
7. body of people gathered or raised, armed force John V. ii. 113 “this gallant of war,” 1H4 I. iii. 285 “by raising of a head,” IV. iv. 25, Cym. III. v. 25; phr. “make (a) ,” raise a body of troops 1H4 III. i. 65, 3H6 II. i. 141 “Making another ” Cæs. IV. i. 42, Cym. IV. ii. 139 “make some stronger head.” ∥ The S. phr. “head and front” (Oth. I. iii. 80) probably = summit, height, has been used with other meanings by mod. writers.
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