ADJ

bare
bald
shaved
blonde, dark, fair, grey, greying
bent, bowed
She sat with bowed head
severed
The city gates were adorned with severed heads

VERB + HEAD

poke, pop, put, stick
He put his head round the door
bob, cock, crane, incline, jerk, tilt, turn
She jerked her head in the direction of the door
lift, raise
bend, bow, drop, duck, hang, lower
He hung his head in shame
swing, throw back, toss
He threw his head back and laughed out loud
nod, shake
They nodded their heads in agreement. She shook her head in disbelief
scratch
He scratched his head. ' I don't understand, ' he said. (figurative) Detectives have been left scratching their heads over the stolen painting's sudden reappearance
clutch, hold
He lay writhing on the ground, clutching his head in pain
bury
She buried her head in the pillow
shave

HEAD + VERB

ache, throb
bob, jerk, nod, tilt, turn
Her head tilted to one side as she considered the question
droop, drop, hang down, hang low
His head drooped and tears fell into his lap

HEAD + NOUN

injury
cold

PREP

above your ~
The thunder burst with a grand crash above our heads
over your ~
The soldiers were ordered to fire over the heads of the crowd

PHRASES

from head to foot/toe
We were covered from head to foot in mud
a fine/ good, etc. head of hair (= a lot of hair)
a woman with a lovely head of chestnut hair
have/hold/put, etc. your head in your hands
He put his head in his hands, exasperated
head first
He dived head first into the water. (figurative) She got divorced and rushed head first into another marriage
a nod of the head
The ambassador dismissed him with a curt nod of the head
a shake of the head
She declined with a brief shake of the head

ADJ

clear, cool, level
She needed to keep a clear head if she was to remain in control
good
I have a good head for figures

VERB + HEAD

use
I wish you'd use your head (= think carefully before doing or saying something)
enter
It never entered my head that he might be lying
get it into
When will you get it into your head (= understand) that I don't want to discuss this any more! For some reason she's got it into her head (= believes) that the others don't like her
put sth into
Who's been putting such weird ideas into your head?
get sth out of, put sth out of
I can't get that tune out of my head. Try to put the exams out of your head for tonight
bother
Don't bother your pretty little head with things like that!

HEAD + VERB

spin
He could feel his head spinning after only one drink

PREP

in your ~
I can't work it out in my head?I need a calculator
inside your ~
It was an accident, said a voice inside his head

PHRASES

can't get your head round sth (= can't understand sth)
She's dead. I can't get my head round it yet
need your head examined
He looked at me as if I needed my head examined (= as if I were crazy)

VERB + HEAD

call
I called heads and it came down tails
come down/up

PHRASES

heads or tails?

ADJ

deputy
departmental
nominal, titular
The Queen is titular head of the Church of England
crowned
The message was sent to all the crowned heads (= kings and queens) of Europe

HEAD + NOUN

gardener, teacher, waiter
boy, girl (= in a school)

PHRASES

a head of department, the head of the family, a head of government/ state
a summit meeting of heads of state
a head of (the) household

ADV

north, northwards, etc.
We headed west for two days
back
Let's head back home

PREP

back to
We headed straight back to school
for
He turned and headed for the door
towards
heading towards London

ADV

jointly
The committee will be headed jointly by two men
up

VERB + HEAD

appoint sb to
She has been appointed to head up the research team