lose your head: meaning and explanation

If someone loses their head, then they act in a way that is not calm, sensible, rational or controlled.

This is often related to panic, e.g. During fire drills at school, there was always one person who completely lost their head. 

Someone might also lose their head due to strong emotions like anger, excitement or love. e.g. It’s understandable that most people lose their heads after winning the lottery.

Synonyms: to panic, to overreact.

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

Dictation #1

Accent: English (RP)

thing to stay not .
The important thing is to stay and not lose your .

…stay calm and not lose your head…

Notice the useful expression to stay calm, which has the opposite meaning of to lose your head. e.g. If you get into trouble while swimming in the sea, it is very important to stay calm.

Discussion questions

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

  • Can you remember a time when you completely lost your head? What happened?
  • If you won the lottery, do you think you would lose your head?
  • Professional sporting events are very intense situations, and it is common for sportspeople to lose their heads. Can you remember a time when this happened?

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