In an English grammar, I found the following definition of ‘The Head of a Compound Noun’:

An interesting property of most compounds is that they are headed.  This means that one of the words that make up the compound is syntactically dominant. In English the head is normally the item on the right hand of the compound. The syntactic properties of the head are passed on to the entire compound.

The pickpocket is the pocket that picks?
I guess the grammatical rule does not apply to ‘verb+object’-compounds.

Which teaches us another, important lesson: never blindly apply a rule. Always feed your head.
After all, that’s what the dormouse said.
Feed your head.


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