give a heads up

give a heads up

Meaning | Definition

  • to inform about something beforehand
  • to provide status

Example Sentences

  • The manager had given me a heads up about the upcoming appraisal cycle and my performance issues within it. I was prepared for the bad rating.
  • I have been giving him a heads up about the project every time a change is implemented by the client.
  • You should have given me a heads up about your friends coming over for dinner, I have cooked only for 2 people and there are 10 waiting to eat right now!
  • Could you at least give the people in that village a heads up about the swelling water levels?
  • My mother always gives me a heads up about my father’s visit to my hostel.
  • The teacher had actually given us a heads up about the surprise test and that is why all of us scored so well in it.
  • I am going to give my friends a heads up about my parents’ trip so that they can prepare for a party.


The phrase originates from the fact that a ‘head up’ would require someone to look at something that is a non-issue which may give them an opportunity to prepare better.

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