King Charles's head

King Charles's head

Some topic, idea, or agenda that someone is obsessively fixated on or preoccupied with. Sometimes written "King Charles' head," with no "s" after the apostrophe. An allusion to Charles Dickens' book David Copperfield, in which the character Mr. Dick was unable to write or speak without bringing up the topic of the severed head of King Charles. Immigration reform, the King Charles's head of the party in recent years, was again the focus of today's debate. My poor aunt can't help bringing up her troubled childhood whenever she begins a conversation with someone. The trauma of it all has become a kind of Kind Charles' head for her.
See also: head, king

King Charles's head

an obsession.
This expression alludes to the character of ‘Mr Dick’, in Charles Dickens's novel David Copperfield, who could not write or speak on any matter without the subject of King Charles's head intruding.
See also: head, king
References in classic literature ?
However, it was very soon after the mistake was made of putting some of the trouble out of King Charles's head into my head, that the man first came.
Cromwell and Bradshaw (not the guide man, but the King Charles's head man) likewise sojourned here.
An army, in fact, of such magnitude that had Ollie Cromwell, in his day, been able to harness this kind of power King Charles's head would, undoubtedly, have left his shoulders considerably sooner than it did.
Her speech attracted record low viewing figures, while voting in the BBC Today programme's poll to find Britain's greatest monarch elicited an unnervingly large number of votes for Oliver Cromwell, whose interesting views on royalty led him to chop King Charles's head off.
The King Charles's Head Award for Irrelevant Fingerpointing.