Definition of get one's head down in English:

get one's head down

phrase

British
informal
  • 1Sleep.

    ‘if he got his head down for a couple of hours he would be nice and fresh for the evening’
    • ‘Possibly the most sensible option is to get my head down and sleep, but don't feel like sleeping.’
    • ‘I was living on the streets, eating out of skips, sleeping in cars, anywhere I could get my head down and sleep.’
    • ‘By sticking to this pattern he would manage to get his head down for 90 minutes at a time.’
    • ‘I was sleeping rough, anywhere I could get my head down.’
    • ‘Maybe I could just get my head down for a few minutes at lunchtime - I'll tell someone to cover for me, I've done it enough times to justify this demand.’
    • ‘A season's worth of Saturday afternoon shopping with the missus was finally beginning to take its toll and to avoid any more misery he even resorted to getting his head down for 40 winks during match time.’
    • ‘I went and had some dinner and a couple of cans and tried to get my head down.’
    • ‘I think my alarm clock is set for 5.30 am, so I'd better get my head down for an early night.’
    • ‘Joanne said she was going to get her head down for another hour, so when I was dressed I got back into bed and cuddled up to her again.’
    • ‘So I arose early yesterday morning, groggy as you like after about 4 hours of sleep having been unable to get my head down.’
    sleep, be asleep, doze, rest, take a siesta, nap, take a nap, catnap, drowse
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  • 2Concentrate on the task in hand.

    ‘at home I can get my head down and get on with the job in hand’
    • ‘He got his head down and made steady progress to work his way up to 22nd at the back end of the group fighting for 15th place.’
    • ‘It took me a while to get the hang of proper snorkelling technique but once I got my head down, I had a near religious experience.’
    • ‘I became a party animal and social butterfly on the Glasgow scene, Christopher got his head down and worked.’
    • ‘Obviously I've not played at this level before so I had to get my head down and concentrate and I thought it went quite well to be fair.’
    • ‘They were the sorts of schools where, if you got your head down, you could do quite well.’
    • ‘David will get his head down and work towards the team cause as will the rest of the lads and if we fail it won't be for the want of trying.’
    • ‘I've always been the kind of person who just got their head down and just did my work and hopefully people saw what I was like through my work.’
    • ‘Just before Christmas, my life was in limbo and basically it's now a case of getting my head down here at Burnley and letting my performances show everyone that I'm not as bad as the newspapers make out.’
    • ‘Time after time he got his head down and ripped through the heart of Newcastle, clipping the outside of a post with a rasping 25-yard drive at the end of one thrilling run.’
    • ‘Usually, when I'm racing, I've got my head down, and all I remember about a resort is its racetrack.’
    work hard, exert oneself, toil, labour, hammer away, grind away, sweat
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