In a book I'm reading there is a sentence like this

If you travel to a foreign country, you will make the charming discovery that there are many differences between the local way of life and your own.

Is a cup of coffee over there huge and watery or tiny and head-poppingly strong?

My question is what does it mean by head-poppingly?

Please explain for me.


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    It's close to being a variant of 'it will blow your head off' (and is used as hypebole, with hints of being literal). 'It will blow you away' is probably better known. More at Hinative.com. It would make many people's eyes water. Mar 19, 2018 at 12:23
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    "Head-poppingly" was just invented by this writer. He wanted to convey: coffee strong enough to make your head pop.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:53
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    What they said above. But the "invention" (if such it was) wasn't without precedent, being based on the well-established eye-poppingly (About 2,670 results from Google Books). But I think it's a neat turn of phrase, and may well salt it away for future use. Mar 19, 2018 at 13:36
  • Knumber10, that looks like a pure "dictionary" Question that should have been asked of your dictionaries and search engines. What did I miss, please? Mar 19, 2018 at 21:40

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"Is a cup of coffee over there huge and watery or tiny and head-poppingly strong?

This appears to be a compound word the author made up for emphasis. BTW This is a really awkward sentence and if more context was included, it would've been more helpful.

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