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I have seen many people using the idiom give a heads up to notify or inform that something is going to happen.

Can I also use "get a heads up" to get an update or progress of work, project etc.

For example, "Could I get a heads up on the update of this project?"

Thank you

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    You might say "Could you give me a heads up if XXX is about to happen?", but your proposed request appears to simply be asking for an update on an update. – Hot Licks Feb 1 '17 at 20:45
  • You could ask for a heads up on the progress of the project. Heads up is more of a warning of a problem, rather than a standard update. – Yosef Baskin Feb 1 '17 at 20:51
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    @YosefBaskin - Asking for a "heads up" on the report's progress is still just asking for a progress report. A "heads up" is a reasonably spontaneous warning of something about to happen. – Hot Licks Feb 1 '17 at 20:54
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    Understand that a "heads up" is a form of alarm. Simply asking for a report is not asking for a "heads up". In essence, if "Give me a heads up" is not followed by "if" or "when" then the phrase is being used incorrectly. – Hot Licks Feb 2 '17 at 4:34
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    Yes, the metaphor is from something literally being about to hit someone and you shout "heads up" to alert someone to look up so they'll see it. You wouldn't give a heads up on progress on a project, but you might give a heads up on an unexpected delay to it. – Jon Hanna Mar 12 '18 at 10:25
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If you're asking for someone to characterize the progress of something they're working on, it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to ask for a 'heads up' on the status of the project. As other commenters have noted, the act of giving someone a 'heads up' on something is more of an action of warning them or giving them notice of something about to come. If you were asking them to give you a heads up when the update is about to be finished, that would make sense, but that doesn't seem to be what you're asking here.

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heads up tfd

adj. Showing an alert, competent style: play heads-up basketball n. Informal - Information or notification: gave me a heads-up on the new security measures.

It can be an alert ... or just a notification. My sense is:

Yes, you can get a heads up on the update [i would substitute status] of this project.

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