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 for Head or tail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Head \Head\ (h[e^]d), n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. he['a]fod;
     akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. h["o]fu[eth],
     Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubi[thorn]. The word does not
     correspond regularly to L. caput head (cf. E. Chief,
     Cadet, Capital), and its origin is unknown.]
     1. The anterior or superior part of an animal, containing the
        brain, or chief ganglia of the nervous system, the mouth,
        and in the higher animals, the chief sensory organs; poll;
        cephalon.
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     2. The uppermost, foremost, or most important part of an
        inanimate object; such a part as may be considered to
        resemble the head of an animal; often, also, the larger,
        thicker, or heavier part or extremity, in distinction from
        the smaller or thinner part, or from the point or edge;
        as, the head of a cane, a nail, a spear, an ax, a mast, a
        sail, a ship; that which covers and closes the top or the
        end of a hollow vessel; as, the head of a cask or a steam
        boiler.
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     3. The place where the head should go; as, the head of a bed,
        of a grave, etc.; the head of a carriage, that is, the
        hood which covers the head.
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     4. The most prominent or important member of any organized
        body; the chief; the leader; as, the head of a college, a
        school, a church, a state, and the like. "Their princes
        and heads." --Robynson (More's Utopia).
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              The heads of the chief sects of philosophy.
                                                    --Tillotson.
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              Your head I him appoint.              --Milton.
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     5. The place or honor, or of command; the most important or
        foremost position; the front; as, the head of the table;
        the head of a column of soldiers.
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              An army of fourscore thousand troops, with the duke
              of Marlborough at the head of them.   --Addison.
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     6. Each one among many; an individual; -- often used in a
        plural sense; as, a thousand head of cattle.
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              It there be six millions of people, there are about
              four acres for every head.            --Graunt.
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     7. The seat of the intellect; the brain; the understanding;
        the mental faculties; as, a good head, that is, a good
        mind; it never entered his head, it did not occur to him;
        of his own head, of his own thought or will.
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              Men who had lost both head and heart. --Macaulay.
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     8. The source, fountain, spring, or beginning, as of a stream
        or river; as, the head of the Nile; hence, the altitude of
        the source, or the height of the surface, as of water,
        above a given place, as above an orifice at which it
        issues, and the pressure resulting from the height or from
        motion; sometimes also, the quantity in reserve; as, a
        mill or reservoir has a good head of water, or ten feet
        head; also, that part of a gulf or bay most remote from
        the outlet or the sea.
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     9. A headland; a promontory; as, Gay Head. --Shak.
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     10. A separate part, or topic, of a discourse; a theme to be
         expanded; a subdivision; as, the heads of a sermon.
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     11. Culminating point or crisis; hence, strength; force;
         height.
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               Ere foul sin, gathering head, shall break into
               corruption.                          --Shak.
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               The indisposition which has long hung upon me, is
               at last grown to such a head, that it must quickly
               make an end of me or of itself.      --Addison.
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     12. Power; armed force.
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               My lord, my lord, the French have gathered head.
                                                    --Shak.
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     13. A headdress; a covering of the head; as, a laced head; a
         head of hair. --Swift.
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     14. An ear of wheat, barley, or of one of the other small
         cereals.
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     15. (Bot.)
         (a) A dense cluster of flowers, as in clover, daisies,
             thistles; a capitulum.
         (b) A dense, compact mass of leaves, as in a cabbage or a
             lettuce plant.
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     16. The antlers of a deer.
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     17. A rounded mass of foam which rises on a pot of beer or
         other effervescing liquor. --Mortimer.
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     18. pl. Tiles laid at the eaves of a house. --Knight.
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     Note: Head is often used adjectively or in self-explaining
           combinations; as, head gear or headgear, head rest. Cf.
           Head, a.
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     A buck of the first head, a male fallow deer in its fifth
        year, when it attains its complete set of antlers. --Shak.
  
     By the head. (Naut.) See under By.
  
     Elevator head, Feed head, etc. See under Elevator,
        Feed, etc.
  
     From head to foot, through the whole length of a man;
        completely; throughout. "Arm me, audacity, from head to
        foot." --Shak.
  
     Head and ears, with the whole person; deeply; completely;
        as, he was head and ears in debt or in trouble. [Colloq.]
        
  
     Head fast. (Naut.) See 5th Fast.
  
     Head kidney (Anat.), the most anterior of the three pairs
        of embryonic renal organs developed in most vertebrates;
        the pronephros.
  
     Head money, a capitation tax; a poll tax. --Milton.
  
     Head pence, a poll tax. [Obs.]
  
     Head sea, a sea that meets the head of a vessel or rolls
        against her course.
  
     Head and shoulders.
         (a) By force; violently; as, to drag one, head and
             shoulders. "They bring in every figure of speech,
             head and shoulders." --Felton.
         (b) By the height of the head and shoulders; hence, by a
             great degree or space; by far; much; as, he is head
             and shoulders above them.
  
     Heads or tails or Head or tail, this side or that side;
        this thing or that; -- a phrase used in throwing a coin to
        decide a choice, question, or stake, head being the side
        of the coin bearing the effigy or principal figure (or, in
        case there is no head or face on either side, that side
        which has the date on it), and tail the other side.
  
     Neither head nor tail, neither beginning nor end; neither
        this thing nor that; nothing distinct or definite; -- a
        phrase used in speaking of what is indefinite or confused;
        as, they made neither head nor tail of the matter.
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     Head wind, a wind that blows in a direction opposite the
        vessel's course.
  
     off the top of my head, from quick recollection, or as an
        approximation; without research or calculation; -- a
        phrase used when giving quick and approximate answers to
        questions, to indicate that a response is not necessarily
        accurate.
  
     Out of one's own head, according to one's own idea; without
        advice or co["o]peration of another.
  
     Over the head of, beyond the comprehension of. --M. Arnold.
  
     to go over the head of (a person), to appeal to a person
        superior to (a person) in line of command.
  
     To be out of one's head, to be temporarily insane.
  
     To come or draw to a head. See under Come, Draw.
  
     To give (one) the head, or To give head, to let go, or to
        give up, control; to free from restraint; to give license.
        "He gave his able horse the head." --Shak. "He has so long
        given his unruly passions their head." --South.
  
     To his head, before his face. "An uncivil answer from a son
        to a father, from an obliged person to a benefactor, is a
        greater indecency than if an enemy should storm his house
        or revile him to his head." --Jer. Taylor.
  
     To lay heads together, to consult; to conspire.
  
     To lose one's head, to lose presence of mind.
  
     To make head, or To make head against, to resist with
        success; to advance.
  
     To show one's head, to appear. --Shak.
  
     To turn head, to turn the face or front. "The ravishers
        turn head, the fight renews." --Dryden.
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