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. 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

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.


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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