Definition of heads-up in English:



  • An advance warning of something.

    ‘the heads-up came just in time to stop the tanks from launching the final assault’
    • ‘I'm up to 7 now, with 2 more to go next week and still looking for ads or other heads-ups about Assistant Professors in Cell or Molecular Biology or Biochemistry.’
    • ‘As the date for the release gets closer, I'll have more details, but I just wanted to give everyone a heads-up.’
    • ‘Thanks to a heads-up from reader Fred Manzo, I've read Kurtz's piece - and there's not one damn thing in it I hadn't already read in the last week.’
    • ‘That's been fixed - and thanks for the heads-up, Steven.’
    • ‘I'm going to advance you into time and just give you a heads-up for what the future holds.’
    • ‘And I'd have missed it entirely if our architecture critic hadn't passed along a heads-up.’
    • ‘But with such high expectations, some anticipate at least a handful of negative heads-ups as we enter the earnings-warning season this month.’
    • ‘Can anyone seriously believe that when the investigations began to happen, nobody gave the operatives a heads-up?’
    • ‘Recapturing those youthful powers in certain anatomical areas have landed them right back, smack dab, in the morass of their relationship problems… in which a heads-up of a different sort is called for.’
    • ‘And can we get a heads-up on when they're being applied and when they're not?’
    • ‘‘It was a heads-up for everyone at the university’, says Holden, and these changes are part of the university's obligation to staff and students.’
    • ‘Thanks a million, D, for those links, and for the heads-up.’
    • ‘They'll drive in from your left to your right there shortly and I'll be able to give you a heads-up here as soon as that bus starts moving closer to the aircraft.’
    • ‘The security measures taken by the Capitol Police last week supposedly was in response to the orange alert, which affected the financial district, and we weren't given a heads-up on that.’
    • ‘I'm struggling with it myself, but it probably is a good heads-up for us as a society, we need to watch over our kids, and, as a society, we need to watch over each other.’
    • ‘Thanks to Damian Penny for the heads-up on this.’
    • ‘I know you've mentioned Stephen's many bands on your site before so I thought you would like a heads-up, in case you weren't already aware.’
    • ‘Thanks to Anita Campbell for the heads-up on this report.’
    • ‘Thanks to multiple commenters below for the heads-up.’
    • ‘You can subscribe to their newsletter for a heads-up on new manifestos every two weeks.’


  • attributive Showing alertness or perceptiveness.

    ‘they played a very heads-up game’
    • ‘If all that mattered from a contrarian standpoint was the bullish reading, that would be a huge heads-up signal to buy with both hands.’
    • ‘What I really like about the Super classes is the heads-up aspect.’
    • ‘This special twist along with heads-up match racing will enter a new era for Florida Sprintcar Racing.’
    • ‘Yet she insists that heads-up utilities will benefit greatly by such programs.’
    • ‘Even in the dog days of August, playing for one of the worst teams in the league, somebody's battling, and playing heads-up baseball.’
    • ‘Such a change, endorsed by many Stock and Super Stock racers, would increase car counts in each class and allow for more heads-up racing at events where class eliminations are contested.’
    • ‘As if his one-out double, gutsy steal of third base, and heads-up jaunt home on a wild pitch to score the series-winning run against the Twins in the AL Divisional Series wasn't proof that the man can come through in the clutch.’
    • ‘Niklas is a heads-up hockey player who makes smart plays and is a great passer.’
    • ‘There is much more to this story, but I wanted you to know that they were not ‘released’ but were rescued as a result of a heads-up effort by U.S. soldiers.’
    • ‘If you're building an engine that's not restricted in size, such as a heads-up Super-class or Quick 16 engine, then big bores are an absolute performance bargain.’
    • ‘It's a heads-up race when we go at it now, and I think the fans are really enjoying it.’
    • ‘No handicap, no brakes and no breakout was the format here as heads-up racing made its long awaited return to the Super Stock contingent.’
    • ‘Jimmy, motivated by his team's heads-up play, decided to really pitch.’
    • ‘This requires heads-up work with minimal false casts and cool line control.’
    • ‘For those of us who grew up admiring his brand of heads-up baseball, it's sad to watch.’
    • ‘The popular Shootout competition featured heads-up racing among two categories of daring rodders in their pre-'64 drivers.’
    • ‘Between ages 6 months and 9 months, a baby accomplishes a heads-up feat, of sorts.’
    • ‘The Lions reacted immediately, throwing the ball wide and, for the first time since the first match, playing heads-up rugby.’
    • ‘A crate-engine class would be based on a heads-up style of racing, which would eliminate the current horsepower and indexing adjustments.’
    • ‘Seven heads-up races were contested in Brainerd, all in the first four rounds.’
    wise, sensible, prudent, politic, shrewd, astute, canny, sagacious, common-sense, commonsensical, sound, well advised, well judged, well thought out, considered, thoughtful, perceptive, discerning, clear-sighted, insightful, far-sighted, percipient, discriminating, informed, intelligent, clever, enlightened, logical, rational
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