be unable to make heads nor tails (out) of (something)

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be unable to make heads nor tails (out) of (something)

To fail or be unable to understand, decipher, or make sense of something in the slightest. We tried identifying the hieroglyphs on the ancient tablet, but they were so archaic that we were unable to make heads nor tails of it. See if you can figure out what this contract is saying—I was unable to make heads nor tails out of all that legal mumbo jumbo.
See also: head, make, nor, of, tail, to, unable
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