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headfirst

1. Literally, with one's head at the forefront; leading with one's head. He tripped on a crack in the pavement and fell headfirst down a manhole.
2. By extension, recklessly, brashly, or thoughtlessly. Before you go rushing headfirst into some half-baked business venture with these guys, take a minute and think about whether something like this could actually work. My brother was forever going headfirst into really serious relationships that would suddenly fizzle out a few months later.

ˌhead ˈfirst


1 moving forwards or downwards with your head in front of the rest of your body: He fell head first down the stairs.
2 without thinking carefully about something before acting: She got divorced and rushed head first into another marriage.
See also: first, head
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