use one's head

use (one's) head

To use one's own intelligence and intellectual ability; to think logically and rationally. In this phrase, "head" refers to one's brain. Often said as an imperative. Come on, Dean, I know you can figure this out on your own. Use your head for a change! We'll have to use our heads if we're going to have any hope of solving this supply issue.
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use one's head

Think, have common sense, as in Use your head, Martin. No one's coming out in this weather. This idiom uses head in the sense of "brain" or "intellect," a usage dating from the late 1300s.
See also: head, use
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