Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

off the top of one's head

off the top of one's head
Meaning(s)
1) from memory or without careful consideration
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • I can't think of that off the top of my head
  • Analysis

    If you say something 'off the top of your head', you say it without thought or consideration. When you say something off the top of your head you say something from memory without checking the facts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Just off the top of my head I'd say that there were about 100 people at the party, but I could be wrong.
    2. Off the top of my head I have no idea when the flight leaves. I'd have to look it up.
    3. Just tell me, off the top of your head, how much you think my car is worth?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I can't tell you the exact figures off the top of my head, but get back to me later and I'll have them ready for you.
    2. With high tier clients, you have to know your stuff. If you don't have an answer for them off the top of your head they will lose confidence.
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