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head cold (plural head colds)

  1. A common cold (illness).
    • 1874, Sabine Baring-Gould, Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events, page 54:
      Wroe would put a pillow in the oven, lay his head on it, and let the oven be heated as hot as he could bear it, to drive away a head cold.
    • 1880, Emily Elizabeth Parsons, Memoir of Emily Elizabeth Parsons, page 50:
      I am well except a head cold.
    • 1971, Nicholas B. Zinkowski, Commercial Oil-field Diving, page 22:
      It is unwise to dive with a head cold.
    • 2005, David Hoyle, ISO 9000 Quality Systems Handbook, page 608:
      A medical analogy: You have a head cold so you go to the doctor for advice.

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