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- Tumbling upside down; somersaulting.
- Synonyms: arse over tit, ass over teakettle, base over apex
- She tripped and rolled head over heels down the hill.
- 2011, Wes Harvey, A Most Unusual Life, page 83:
- I was knocked head over heels about 20' from where I was before.
- At top speed; frantically.
- Synonyms: full tilt, full throttle, like mad
- Hearing the noise in the dark, the children ran head over heels back home.
- 1968, Vardis Fisher, Opal Laurel Holmes, Opal Laurel Fisher, Gold Rushes and Mining Camps of the Early American West, page 46:
- It told its readers that people all over the country were "rushing head over heels toward the El Dorado on the Pacific— that wonderful California, which sets the public mind almost on the highway to insanity."
- (usually with in love) Hopelessly; madly; to distraction; deeply; utterly.
- 1967, Russell B. Long, Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 90th Congress - First Session, United States Congress, page 16122:
- Some of them lose and wind up head over heels in debt. Some of them win and wind up head over heels in debt.
- 2002, Francine Pascal, Liar, page 184:
- I mean, do I just fall head over heels for the last girl I've kissed?
- 2005, Ronald Frankenberg, Edith L. B. Turner, Heart of Lightness: The Life Story of an Anthropologist, page 2:
- For research we went to Africa, and found ourselves head over heels into ritual (chapter 4).
- 2013, Laurie Friedman, Heart to Heart with Mallory, page 59:
- She told me that her mom and Joey's dad aren't just in love, they are head-over-heels in love.
tumbling upside down
at top speed; frantically
hopelessly, madly (as in head over heels in love)
- Hopelessly smitten; madly in love.
- 2011, Martina Manicastri, Climb into My Mind: A Book of Poems, Essays, and Short Stories, →ISBN, page 74:
- Steve is the hottest, smartest, funniest, and most athletic boy in all of Edison High. Who knew a jock could be captain of the math team? He is also the guy that every girl is head over heels for.
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