head over heels


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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

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.
See also: head, heel
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.