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head over heels

Completely enamored of someone, typically a new romantic partner. This phrase is sometimes followed by "in love." Oh, I know he's head over heels in love with Christina—he won't stop gushing about her! We used to be head over heels, but now we just annoy each other most of the time.
See also: head, heel, over

head over heels in love (with someone)

Fig. very much in love with someone. John is head over heels in love with Mary. They are head over heels in love with each other.
See also: head, heel, love, over

head over heels

Completely, thoroughly, as in They fell head over heels in love. This expression originated in the 1300s as heels over head and meant literally being upside down. It took its present form in the 1700s and its present meaning in the 1800s.
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head over heels

upside down; turning over completely in a forward motion, as in a somersault.
The earlier, more logical, version of this phrase was heels over head ; the normal modern form dates from the late 18th century. It is often used figuratively of an extreme condition, as in head over heels in love , ‘madly in love’, or head over heels in debt , ‘deeply in debt’.
See also: head, heel, over

head over ˈheels (in ˈlove)

completely in love: He’s head over heels in love with his new girlfriend.
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References in classic literature ?
We are never without a corposant grinning on our bows or rolling head over heels from nose to midships, and to the crackle of electricity around and within us is added once or twice the rattle of hail--hail that will never fall on any sea.
Blamed money skipping all over the place, and they are tumbling after it head over heels -- tearing and biting like anything.