give (somebody) a heads-up


1. warn somebody about something that you think may or will happen






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give a heads-up about what to expect

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When you give somebody advanced notice of something, you give them 'a heads-up, particularly if it relates to something that could cause that person difficulty or trouble. It is typically used in a positive sense as telling somebody to be alert or to prepare for something is essentially doing them a favour, occasionally even at your own risk. This expression is common in both a social and professional context, and is similar to the phrases 'word to the wise,' and 'tip-off.'

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  1. Just to give you guys a heads-up - mum will be back at 5, so make sure the house is clean by then.
  2. Just to give you a heads up somebody is calling to the house today to fix the window.
  3. It's supposed to rain today so bring your umbrella just giving you a heads up.

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  1. I can't believe Tom knew there was going to be an inspection today and didn't give any of us a heads-up! He's so selfish.
  2. The person who had their interview before me kindly gave me a heads-up about the type of questions the interviewers were asking.

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