off the top of one's head

off the top of one's head
idi off the top of one's head, without thought or preparation; extemporaneously

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • off the top of one's head — {adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} Without thinking hard; quickly. * /Vin answered the teacher s question off the top of his head./ * /When Lorraine was asked to recite, she talked off the top of her head./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off the top of one's head — {adv.} or {adj. phr.}, {informal} Without thinking hard; quickly. * /Vin answered the teacher s question off the top of his head./ * /When Lorraine was asked to recite, she talked off the top of her head./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • off\ the\ top\ of\ one's\ head — adv or adj. phr. informal Without thinking hard; quickly. Vin answered the teacher s question off the top of his head. When Lorraine was asked to recite, she talked off the top of her head …   Словарь американских идиом

  • off the top of one's head — phrasal in an impromptu manner < sat down and wrote the…story off the top of his head Jerome Beatty, Jr. > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • off the top of one's head — from memory, spontaneously He knew all of the team s members off the top of his head …   Idioms and examples

  • off the top of one's head — adverb (of something known, thought of, or remembered) Without great thought or investigation; extemporaneous; natural; offhand. I cannot think of any good examples off the top of my head, but give me a couple of hours and Im sure I could come up …   Wiktionary

  • off the top of one's head — without careful thought or investigation. → head …   English new terms dictionary

  • off the top of my head — Head Head (h[e^]d), n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. he[ a]fod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. h[ o]fu[eth], Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubi[thorn]. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput head (cf. E. {Chief},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • off the cuff — informal 1) an off the cuff remark Syn: impromptu, extempore, ad lib; unrehearsed, unscripted, unprepared, improvised, spontaneous, unplanned 2) I spoke off the cuff Syn: without preparation, without rehearsal …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • To be out of one's head — Head Head (h[e^]d), n. [OE. hed, heved, heaved, AS. he[ a]fod; akin to D. hoofd, OHG. houbit, G. haupt, Icel. h[ o]fu[eth], Sw. hufvud, Dan. hoved, Goth. haubi[thorn]. The word does not correspond regularly to L. caput head (cf. E. {Chief},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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