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 for To head up
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Head \Head\ (h[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Headed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Heading.]
     1. To be at the head of; to put one's self at the head of; to
        lead; to direct; to act as leader to; as, to head an army,
        an expedition, or a riot. --Dryden.
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     2. To form a head to; to fit or furnish with a head; as, to
        head a nail. --Spenser.
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     3. To behead; to decapitate. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. To cut off the top of; to lop off; as, to head trees.
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     5. To go in front of; to get in the front of, so as to hinder
        or stop; to oppose; hence, to check or restrain; as, to
        head a drove of cattle; to head a person; the wind heads a
        ship.
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     6. To set on the head; as, to head a cask.
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     To head off, to intercept; to get before; as, an officer
        heads off a thief who is escaping. "We'll head them off at
        the pass."
  
     To head up,
        (a) to close, as a cask or barrel, by fitting a head to.
        (b) To serve as the leader of; as, to head up a team of
            investigators.
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