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Idiom

Head Over Heels (in Love): Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To be completely in love with someone. Often the full phrase is “to fall head over heels in love” – to suddenly fall deeply in love.
Origin
Head over heels (in love)In the 14th Century this phrase was written as “heels over head”, literally describing when someone might fall over and end up with the heels of their feet above their head. By the 1800s, the phrase had become “head over heels” and changed to mean someone very much in love. For example, in 1834 the book “A Narrative of The Life of David Crockett” was published, in which was written “I soon found myself head over heels in love with this girl.”
Examples
Rosa: “How did you meet your husband?”
Natalia: “I met him at a party during my first week at university – he was really funny and romantic – I fell head over heels for him.”

When you are head over heels in love the sun shines more brightly and the birds sing more sweetly – the whole world seems more beautiful than ever before.

Sam: “When I was a teenager I had a huge crush on the model Cindy Crawford – my room was covered in posters of her! What about you?”
Emily: “Well, I remember watching Romeo and Juliet and falling head over heels for Leonardo di Caprio – from that moment on I was a big fan of his!”