Body Metaphors

Body Metaphors

On page 73 of Clean Approaches for Coaches, I mention that I have collected over 600 'body' metaphors. To start with, here are all those that relate to the head...

  • get out of your head
  • blow your top
  • bang your head against a brick wall
  • on your own head be it
  • get your head round it
  • hot head
  • egg head
  • head and shoulders above
  • make headway
  • at loggerheads
  • knock an idea on the head
  • head strong
  • bite your head off
  • head over heals in love
  • head in the sand
  • lose your head
  • clear head
  • head of state
  • a head start
  • he faced it head on
  • big headed
  • like a bear with a sore head
  • I couldn't get her out of my head
  • head in the clouds
  • it went right (or way) over my head
  • head out west
  • round head
  • head over to my place
  • head of state / department etc
  • need to get my head sorted out
  • I need to get my head straight
  • bite your head off
  • got a heads up
  • head shrinking
  • keep your head above water
  • hold one's head high
  • head hunted
  • off the top of my head
  • numbskull
  • brainstorm
  • pick your brain
  • blow your brains out
  • no brainer
  • brain box
  • brainchild
  • brain dump
  • brainwashing
  • brain dead
  • open mind
  • the mind boggles
  • out of sight, out of mind
  • mind bending
  • mind expanding
  • splitting hairs
  • a hair's breadth between...
  • tearing my hair out
  • hairy situation
  • bad hair day
  • keep your hair on
If you know of any more 'head' metaphors, please do let us know.

Tags: clean language, metaphor

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Marian Way

Company Director & Trainer, Portchester, Fareham
A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Marian, who founded Clean Learning in 2001, has developed and delivered training across the world. She is the author of Clean Approaches for Coaches, co-author, with James Lawley, of Insights in Space and co-author, with Caitlin Walker, of So you want to be... #DramaFree. Marian is an expert Clean facilitator, an adept modeller, a programme writer and an inspirational trainer. She has a natural ability to model existing structures, find the connections between them and design new ways for people to learn. Marian was a leading innovator within the Weight Watchers organisation, which included developing the “points” strategy, a local idea that went on to become a global innovation. She is a director of both Clean Learning and Training Attention CIC, world leaders in clean applications for corporate, educational and community development. She designs our programmes and workbooks, leads workshops and teaches on all our courses. She's trained people in Great Britain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Japan and the USA. Marian is also a recognised Clean Assessor.

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