go to your head: meaning and explanation

If something goes to your head, it means that something makes you become arrogant or over-confident.

This expression is often used as a warning – someone has been successful in something, and you are warning them not to become overconfident. e.g. I don’t want to give him too much praise during the appraisal as I’m worried about it going to his head. 

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: North America

Well passing , you mustn't go to .
Well done passing the exam, you mustn't it go to your .

Well done for passing the exam, but don’t let it go to your head

Notice the verb pattern to let somebody/something do something. A common mistake is to use the structure to let sb/sth to do sth

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • Have you ever let a success go to your head? What happened?
  • Do you know anyone who changed after becoming successful?

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