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Definition of Headlong

  • With the head foremost; headforemost; head first; as, to fall headlong.
  • Rashly; precipitately; without deliberation.
  • Hastily; without delay or respite.
  • Rash; precipitate; as, headlong folly.
  • Steep; precipitous.
  • with the head foremost
  • in a hasty and foolhardy manner
  • at breakneck speed

How to use headlong in a sentence. Headlong pronunciation.

He looked so ill, and behaved with such lack of self-restraint, that Nancy kept her eyes upon him in an awestricken gaze, as though watching some one on the headlong way to destruction.
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In the first pitched battle the Romans lost against Hannibal, under the Consul Sempronius, a body of ten thousand foot, that had taken fright, seeing no other escape for their cowardice, went and threw themselves headlong upon the great battalion of the enemies, which with marvellous force and fury they charged through and through, and routed with a very great slaughter of the Carthaginians, thus purchasing an ignominious flight at the same price they might have gained a glorious victory.-[Livy, xxi.
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In proud consciousness of not having missed one word, and in full enjoyment of the swing of the poetry, she stood with her head thrust forward and her chin in the air: "So he spake, and speaking sheathed His good sword by his side, And with his armour on his back Plunged headlong in the tide!
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It would be slow, careful climbing, and a slip would send the climber headlong down into the valley here.
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The lanthorn had been beyond Melchior's reach, and as he lay there on a kind of shelf or fault in the ice, he had tried to hook the string toward him with his ice-axe, slipped, and would have gone headlong down lower, but for the mountaineer's instinctive effort to save himself by striking his axe-pick into the ice.
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For the moment it had seemed as if Dale were going headlong down, but he lay a good two feet from the edge, a distance which Saxe increased by drawing him over the ice; and then, himself utterly exhausted, he sank upon his knees helpless as a child, the ice glimmering in a peculiarly weird and ghastly way, the dark sky overhead-far from all aid-faint and famished from long fasting-and with two insensible men dumbly appealing to him for his assistance.
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This, with the surprise, threw him off his balance, and he would have gone down backward, headlong to the bottom of the narrow cleft, but for the action of the guide, who darted out one hand and caught him.
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It was indeed a hard task, and again and again he nearly fell headlong; but by the exercise of his wonderful activity and strength, he always recovered himself, took a fresh breath, and descended steadily over the frozen snow, which grew more rugged and difficult at every turn.
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A true son of Mars-ardent, headlong, and gallant as regarded le beau sexe-he talked brilliantly and well, aiming his boomerang remarks at a woman whom he knew to be young and graceful, and whose beauty he was gayly taking upon trust; an old, old interlude, played many a time and oft.
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On it went, and Sam closed his eyes in expectancy of an awful shock which would pitch him headlong, he knew not to where.
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Ionnes or Jonas went headlong into the sea and into a fish, and has kindly recorded for our instruction his remarkable adventures.
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We pass our time in taverns; drink and game, and throw ourselves headlong into such an ocean of debts, that the best swimmer must sink at last.
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The waterfall, the ruin, the hollow cave-the steep bank crested with the olive-the airy temple, the dark pomp of the cypress grove, and the roar of the headlong Anio,-all he touched with the magic of the past-clad with the glories of history and of legend-and decked ever and anon with the flowers of the eternal Poesy that yet walks, mourning for her children, amongst the vines and waterfalls of the ancient Tibur.
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With his swivel-chair overturned behind him the young lawyer stood at the desk of his inner office, read this letter through at headlong speed, turned it again, and re-read it slowly, searchingly, from his own name to its writer's.
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Unfortunately she took me for a stranger, turned to run, and tripped and fell headlong!
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The Prince, then an officer in the Guards and distinguished amongst his fellows by something reserved and reflective in his character, had fallen headlong in love with her beauty, her charm, and the serious qualities of her mind and heart.
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My headlong goal to win, Nor pleasure's snares have cared to shun When pleasure sweetened sin.
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Hence will I drag thee headlong by the heels Unto a dunghill which shall be thy grave, And there cut off thy most ungracious head, Which I will bear in triumph to the king, Leaving thy trunk for crows to feed upon.
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Else, and with any benefit from national unity, the headlong rapture of Jewish zeal, when combined in vindication of their insulted temple and temple-worship, would have been equal to the effort of dislodging the Roman legionary force for the moment from the military possession of Palestine.
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Taking them jointly, we might ask-Were they, this life and this death, to be regarded as a common movement on behalf of a deep and heart-fretting Hebrew patriotism, which was not the less sincere, because it ran headlong into the unamiable form of rancorous rationality and inhuman bigotry?
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Examples of Headlong

Example #1
Pouring rain obliged her to put up her umbrella as she stepped down on to the pavement.
Example #2
Already he was out of the room; his sister had no choice but to follow him downstairs.
Example #3
The thing in the world I am most afraid of is fear, that passion alone, in the trouble of it, exceeding all other accidents.
Example #4
What affliction could be greater or more just than that of Pompey's friends, who, in his ship, were spectators of that horrible murder?
Example #5
She had been learning one of the "Lays of Ancient Rome," and was now repeating it all through.
Example #6
At such times, Miss Tasker's chill remarks of "Your shoulders, Bridget"-"Don't poke, Bridget," generally fell on unheeding ears, but there was one occasion on which Bridget did feel them to be especially trying and out of place.