Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(put/keep) the head down

put the head downkeep the head down
Meaning(s)
1) focus on a task, especially one that involves reading or writing
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    • I need to put the head down
  • Analysis

    To 'put your head down' can mean two things. To literally put your head on a surface in order to rest or to take a nap. You might want to 'put your head down' for an hour if you were feeling sick for example. When you 'put your head down' it can also mean to apply yourself in a determined way to do a task that involves studying, reading or writing. If you 'keep your head down' however, it means to avoid trouble by remaining inconspicuous or by avoiding attention. It can also mean to continue doing something quietly without being noticed by anyone else. These are both idiomatic expressions used largely in social contexts.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. With the deadline fast approaching, I really need to put the head down and crack on with my work.
    2. You are more than capable of passing the exam, it's just a matter of putting the head down and revising properly. 
    3. There is a lot of violence in the area so I try to keep my head down and avoid trouble.
    4. She kept her head down to avoid being spotted by the officers.
    5. I'm feeling really jetlagged after my flight. Would you mind if I put my head down for a couple of hours before dinner?
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This is a very busy period for us so we need everyone to put their head down and work hard for the next couple of weeks.
    2. Now is not the time to be shy or keep your head down. We need to spread the word about our product to anyone who will listen.
    3. The MBA is tough going. You need to put your head down and study hard if you want to pass.
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