loggerhead vs loggerheads

Confusing Words and Expressions, Grammar, Lest We Forget, Parts of Speech

The words ‘loggerhead’ and ‘loggerheads’ belong to the same part of speech (nouns) but have different meanings.


  1. A type of turtle with a large head.
  2. A shrike (a type of bird) with mainly grey feathers and black eyestripe (head’s stripe which encloses or seems to run through the eyes), wings, and tail.
  3. (old-fashioned) A foolish person.



It is usually used as a prepositional phrase: at loggerheads.

When you’re at loggerheads with someone, you strongly disagree with them or you’re in a violent dispute with them.


  1. We don’t need to be at loggerheads with each other.
  2. Politicians do not hide their feelings when they’re at loggerheads with opponents.

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