put (one's) head down

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put (one's) head down

1. Literally, to place one's head on a surface, such as a pillow or a table or desk, to rest or take a nap. I feel a little woozy. I think I just need to put my head down for a few minutes.
2. To put forth effort on a task that involves reading or writing. If you just put your head down, you'll finish your paper much faster.
See also: down, head, put
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The rein was taken off, and in a moment I put my head down to my very knees.
The first thing I did was to put my head down the square of the midship ventilator.
I just put my head down and tried to connect properly," he said.
I just decided to come back home and to put my head down.
I put my head down and worked really hard, and just got there.
I am going to put my head down, get through this bloody recession and in a few years' time I will be ready to bang on doors again" - TV chef Jamie Oliver, pictured, who is dissatisfied with the Government's attitude towards school dinners.
I am going to put my head down, get through this bloody recession and in a few years' time I will be ready to bang on doors again" TV chef Jamie Oliver, who is dissatisfied with the Government's attitude towards school dinners "Whatever your politics, you can't believe that art has to take a stand in the marketplace like potatoes or knives and forks or any other industrial thing" Stephen Fry, complaining about arts funding
Exhausted "I just put my head down and gave it everything.
Asked to describe his actions as the Mazda drove towards the crowd, Graham told jurors: "I put my head down between my knees underneath the dash.
I knew she (Ottesen) would go out fast so I just swam a controlled race for the first 75 then put my head down and went for it.
She said: ''My first instinct was to put my hands up to my ears and then to put my head down and duck.
I plan to put my head down and draw the very best cartoon I can that day and all of the days to follow.
I came back from on loan injured, but I put my head down and kept working hard because I wanted to be at my best, and that is what I am showing at the moment.
The challenges I would have taken on, put my head down and charged at like a bull a few years ago I just didn't feel like I had it in me and I would not be able to do the commission justice.
I can't help but wonder about the club's attitude towards me - but I'm prepared to put my head down and keep battling.
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