- to inform about something beforehand
- to provide status
- an advance caution
- to warn or alert someone about something
- Heads up! This machine is used to trim grass, please handle with care.
- Keep your heads up, I think I just saw a snake in the garden.
- 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 ask me to keep my 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.