Definition of head fake in English:

head fake


North American
  • 1(in sports) an act of moving the head in such a way as to deceive an opponent as to one's intended direction or move.

    ‘Teague uses a head fake to get James thinking the play is going to the left wing’
    figurative ‘when he says things that progressives find pleasing, it's almost always a head fake’
    • ‘A player is guarding you close, so head fake them—jerk your head up quickly toward the basket like you are going to shoot, then drive right or left.’
    • ‘One head fake later, the puck is deposited in the net.’
    • ‘During the last presidential campaign, they perfected the art of the head fake.’
    • ‘I try to give the quarterback a little head fake and sidestep him.’
    • ‘Wow him with your skills—give him a head fake and go in for a layup.’
    1. 1.1Stock Market An increase or decrease in stock price or market performance that is quickly followed by a shift in the opposite direction.
      ‘the 100-points-plus rally in the Dow was a head fake that drew short-term traders into a 300-points-plus sell-off’
      • ‘Sustainable post-recession equity bull markets usually require a vigorous tailwind, which is why the rallies of 1981 and 2002 proved to be head fakes.’
      • ‘The stock could very well make a head fake down through the trend line and then immediately reverse and break out to the upside.’
      • ‘The recent zoom in silver and the precious metals mining stocks is additional evidence that this breakout is not a head fake.’
      • ‘While it looks like investors may have gotten ahead of the fundamentals for the moment, there's more to this rally than a head fake.’
      • ‘We had a similar head fake in January of 1990, when the weather was unsually warm and the market was tanking.’