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Use your head

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 January, 2011, 12:00am

'Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses' Lao Tzu - ancient Chinese philosopher

A head start

I think I've got a head start over the others.

What or who is ...?

1 a big head

a. someone who is always saying how good they are

b. a person who works hard

2 a head of state

a. the boss of the police force

b. the official leader of a country

3 the head office

a. the most expensive hair salon

b. a company's main office

4 a head start

a. an advantage

b. a big problem

5 a clear head

a. the ability to think something through and make the right decision

b. a feeling of superiority

Put the heads together

Match these phrases with their meanings.

1 to be like a bear with a sore head

2 to bite someone's head off

3 to hit the nail on the head

4 to keep a cool head

5 to bang your head against a brick wall

a. to understand exactly what is causing a problem

b. to be very calm in a difficult situation

c. to try and do something difficult but to make no progress

d. to be in such a bad mood that you treat people around you badly

e. to suddenly speak to someone in an angry way for no reason

Head in the sand

Choose the phrase that means ...

1 to think carefully about something before acting

2 to be expected to know everything that is happening around you

3 to totally ignore a difficult situation even though you know it is happening

4 to make someone think about doing something they haven't thought of

a. to bury your head in the sand

b. to put ideas into somebody's head

c. to run through something in your head

d. to have eyes in the back of your head

Fill in the gaps

Use the correct phrase to complete these sentences.

1 You must do something to stop Jim smoking. You can't .........................

2 The boss's been shouting at everyone this morning. He's like ............................

3 What you've just said is exactly right. You've .............................

4 I can't get Paul to stop wasting money. I'm ...............................

5 I don't know everything that's happening at school. I don't have ...............

6 Don't shout at me like that! There's no need to .................................

7 My aunt is into organic food and refuses to take her kids to McDonald's. She doesn't want to .........................

8 I must not panic when I go into the exam room. I must .............................

What did you say?

1 He's in over his head.

a. It's a situation that's too difficult for him to cope with.

b. He is a very hard worker.

2 Come on! Use your head!

a. Act sensibly!

b. Go home!

3 Don't lose your head!

a. Don't ask anyone's advice!

b. Don't lose control of the situation!

4 On your head be it!

a. I will help you!

b. It is totally your responsibility!

Answers

Page 3:

A head start: 1. a, 2. b, 3. b, 4. a, 5. b

Put the heads together: 1. d, 2. e, 3. a, 4. b, 5. c

Head in the sand: 1. c, 2. d, 3. a, 4. b

Fill in the gaps: 1. bury your head in the sand, 2. a bear with a sore head, 3. hit the nail on the head, 4. banging my head against a brick wall, 5. eyes in the back of my head, 6. bite my head off, 7. putting the idea into my head, 8. keep a cool head

What did you say: 1. a, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b

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