In Robert Charles Wilson's novel "Vortex" he writes:

In the morning I toured him through Vox Core, heel to head.

I know the saying "head over heels", but this one is new to me. What does it mean?

(Disclaimer: non-native speaker here)

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The likely meaning is “from bottom to top”, with heel to head being used as a variant of from head to heel (ie, of Latin a capite ad calcem), which is an older (and now less common) form of from head to toe or from head to foot.

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    This meaning sounds reasonable. Same idiom exists in my mother tongue ("Von Kopf bis Fuß").
    – Arne
    Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 9:45

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