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 audience laughed, but next day, sure enough, the Countryman appeared on the stage, and putting his head down squealed so hideously that the spectators hissed and threw stones at him to make him stop.
Then, just as we were thinking of repose, the watchmen of the schooner would hail a splash of paddles away in the starlit gloom of the bay; a voice would respond in cautious tones, and our serang, putting his head down the open skylight, would inform us without surprise, "That Rajah, he coming.
However, up he got, and leant against the tree, putting his head down and clasping it with his arms as far as he could.
I thought he was going to get a point deducted in the third round, he was putting his head down and he looked knackered, I don't know what everyone else thought.
Alabama native Jamey Johnson is known for putting his head down and giving honest-to-goodness renditions of outlaw and hard country.
Putting his head down and working his ponytail off could only benefit him.
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