- A common cold (illness).
1874, Sabine Baring-Gould, Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events, page 54:
- Wroe would put a pillow in the oven, lay his head on it, and let the oven be heated as hot as he could bear it, to drive away a head cold.
1880, Emily Elizabeth Parsons, Memoir of Emily Elizabeth Parsons, page 50:
- I am well except a head cold.
1971, Nicholas B. Zinkowski, Commercial Oil-field Diving, page 22:
- It is unwise to dive with a head cold.
2005, David Hoyle, ISO 9000 Quality Systems Handbook, page 608:
- A medical analogy: You have a head cold so you go to the doctor for advice.
- pose (archaic)