give (one) (one's) head(redirected from give them their head)
give (one) (one's) head
To let one do as one wishes; to grant one more freedom. I'm so glad my parents gave me my head—now, I can finally stay out until midnight on the weekends! I'm giving you your head on this project, and I hope to see some real innovation with it.
give someone his or her head
Also, let someone have his or her head. Allow someone to proceed as he or she wishes, give someone freedom. For example, He usually gave his assistant his head when it came to scheduling appointments, or Sometimes it's wise for parents to let a teenager have his head. This expression alludes to loosening a horse's reins and letting it go where it wants to. [Second half of 1500s]
give someone their head
COMMON If you give someone their head, you allow them to do what they want to do, without trying to advise them or stop them. He was a good boss who recognised ability and gave people their heads. Note: This expression is from horse riding and refers to when the rider loosens the reins, allowing the horse to move more freely.
give (someone) headperform oral sex on someone. vulgar slang
give someone their headallow someone complete freedom of action.
The image is of allowing a horse to go as fast as it wants rather than checking its pace with the bit and reins. Compare with allow free rein to (at rein).
1994 Charles Grant X-Files: Goblins Rather than try to derail him, however, it was better to give him his head and go along for the ride.
give somebody their ˈheadgive somebody the freedom to do what they want: We must give the new art teacher her head, so that she has the freedom to do things differently. OPPOSITE: tie somebody’s handsThis idiom refers to allowing a horse to go as fast as it likes when you are riding it.
tv. to perform oral sex on someone, usually a male. (Usually objectionable.) Does she give head?