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Hi,

I came across the phrase "on this head" lately. It seems to have the meaning of "in regard to this," "on this matter" etc.

Is this a widely accepted usage, even in formal English?

Thank you.
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Can you provide the full sentence or context? I do not recognize this phrase on its own.
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I find this phrase mostly used in old-time writings by British or Commonwealth authors.
It is not a current or common usage.

However, I did find one definition of head which states, "the subject matter at issue, a question raised for consideration, or a disputed factual/legal contention to be discussed or decided."

Please note that that was the 23rd definition listed in the third dictionary in which I looked, so it certainly is not widely used in this way.
Thank you for going through the dictionaries on my behalf. I appreciate that.
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I found it in Huxley's essay "On Lord's Prayer" - II, within the Book "The Divine within".

Hello! Just adding my two cents on the head of examples of usage of this expression:

"Mr Quinion then formally engaged me to be as useful as I could in the warehouse of Murdstone and Grinby, at a salary, I think, of six shillings a week. I am not clear whether it was six or seven. I am inclined to believe, from my uncertainty on this head, that it was six at first and seven afterwards."

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850), Chapter XI.