can't make head or tail of it

Idiom Definition

"can't make head or tail of it"

to absolutely not understand something

Idiom Definition - can't make head or tail of it


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - can't make head or tail of it

Ken and Paula have just bought and installed a new Smart TV in their living room...

Paula: The new TV looks really good Ken.

Ken: I suppose the thing now is to try to understand how to make it work.

Paula: I read the instructions and I really don't understand them.

Ken: Me neither! I can't make head or tail of the instructions.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - can't make head or tail of it

Two telecommunication business specialists are talking ...

Brian: Have you seen the new government regulations regarding public domain radio frequencies?

Phillip: Oh yes I have. Thirty seven pages of government double-speak. I've read them twice and am only beginning to start to understand even a portion of them.

Brian: Well you are better off than me. I simply can't make head or tail of any of it.

can't make head or tail of it - Usage:


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can't make head or tail of it - Gerund Form:

Not making head or tail of something can be a frustrating experience.

can't make head or tail of it - Examples:

1)  It was impossible to make head or tail of it all.

2) Heaps of local newspaper--couldn't make head or tail of it either, so there you go. 

3) I haven't have time to read it all, and possibly would not make head or tail of it if it's too technical. 

4)  This spinach and milk problem, I can't make head or tail of it because there is no information on the sampling.

5)  I couldn't make head or tail of it at all, but I thought it sounded pretty good.

6)  "I can't make head or tail of it," said March. Was he blind?

7)  I can imagine multitudes of quite intelligent people totally unable to make head or tail of it.

8)  I too received this letter to-day and can not make head or tail of it.

9)  When I read the Willis article back in February I couldn't make head or tail of it and, I suspect, neither could anybody else.

10)  If anyone feels like adding any interpretations, that would be great because I can't make head nor tail of it.

11) They can't make head nor tail of it ". # Herein lies the problem. 

12) I read it, realised that it was ground breaking but could hardly make head nor tail of it

13) I need your help understanding this game. I honestly can not make head nor tail of it

14) I'm not sure whether people who haven't joined in would make head nor tail of it but do put it up online Mark. 

15)  But if you have received yours and still can't make head nor tail of it, we have lined up experts to answer your questions.

16)  I was looking at their website but I couldn't make head nor tail of it.

17)  I've bought Sitemaker pro and can't make head nor tail of it.

18) They went through Matthew 24 together and could not make head nor tail of it

19)  She is not making head or tail of English idioms.

20)  We couldn't make head or tail of the explanation yesterday.