Definition of make head or tail of in English:

make head or tail of

phrase

  • [usually with negative] Understand at all:

    ‘we couldn't make head nor tail of the answer’
    • ‘I would gladly pay to have someone summarize the plot of this alleged supernatural thriller for me, because, owing to whatever heretofore unrecognized deficiency on my part, I couldn't really make head or tail of it.’
    • ‘I've never been able to make head or tail of it and it has always seemed to me that as soon as Catholics leave the debating zone, Protestants go back to living and acting exactly like Catholics.’
    • ‘We still cannot make head or tail of what happened.’
    • ‘Now it is difficult to make head or tail of what he is at.’
    • ‘She couldn't make head or tail of what she was being told and thought it a nightmare.’
    • ‘Anyway, I couldn't make head or tail of what he was saying.’
    • ‘I'm not surprised - pension statements are remarkably difficult to make head or tail of.’
    • ‘Last week one of his followers tried to make head or tail of it all.’
    • ‘For they are creators of truths so unprecedented, purveyors of proposals so revolutionary, that not a soul is capable of making head or tail of them.’
    • ‘These women are so obsessed with the idea that they are the ones wanting commitment while men don't that they can't make head or tail of this new version of themselves.’
    understand, comprehend, work out, fathom out, make sense of, grasp, catch, follow, perceive, make out, penetrate, divine, search out, ferret out, puzzle out, take in, assimilate, absorb, get to the bottom of
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