make head or tail of


make head or tail of
{v. phr.}, {informal} To see the why of; finding a meaning in; understand. - Used in negative, conditional, and interrogative sentences. * /She could not make head or tail of the directions on the dress pattern./ * /Can you make head or tail of the letter?/

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • make head or tail of — To find any sense in • • • Main Entry: ↑make * * * (or heads or tails) [usu. with negative] understand at all we couldn t make head or tail of his answer …   Useful english dictionary

  • make head or tail of — ► make head or tail of understand at all. Main Entry: ↑head …   English terms dictionary

  • make head or tail of — {v. phr.}, {informal} To see the why of; finding a meaning in; understand. Used in negative, conditional, and interrogative sentences. * /She could not make head or tail of the directions on the dress pattern./ * /Can you make head or tail of the …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make\ head\ or\ tail\ of — v. phr. informal To see the why of; finding a meaning in; understand. Used in negative, conditional, and interrogative sentences. She could not make head or tail of the directions on the dress pattern. Can you make head or tail of the letter? …   Словарь американских идиом

  • make head or tail of — verb a) To understand even minimally. See if you can make head or tail of this chapter. Im baffled. b) To determine to be good or bad …   Wiktionary

  • make head or tail of it — understand, comprehend …   English contemporary dictionary

  • make head or tail of usu. with negative — understand at all. → head …   English new terms dictionary

  • make head nor tail of smth — understand, find meaning in something We couldn t make head nor tail of what he was trying to say during his speech …   Idioms and examples

  • Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It — Developer(s) Infocom Publisher(s) I …   Wikipedia

  • can't make head nor tail of something — can t make head nor/or tail of (something) to not be able to understand something at all. We couldn t make head or tail of the film. What does his message say? I don t know I can t make head or tail of it …   New idioms dictionary


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