Showing an alert, competent style: play heads-up basketball. (adjective)
Informal Information or notification, especially in advance: gave me the heads-up on the new security measures. (noun)
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Use "heads-up" in a sentence
"AT&T says it's confident the merger will be approved; it gave what it described as a "heads-up" call to the FCC before the announcement, and has offered a "breakup fee" of $3 billion and some spectrum to T-Mobile should the deal fall through."
"Called heads-up displays, they provide pilots with improved visibility in bad weather while also allowing them to see critical flight-control information at eye level, without having to glance down at instrument screens."
"I wanted to give you a heads-up that Netty will be visiting next weekend."