毛頭ない means what?

I came accross the following つもりなど毛頭ない and I thought I should be able to read fur and head. But when I tried google it translated it as “didnt have the least intention”.

My question is is this an idiom, a saying or just a strange combination meaning intention.

Also are their any good resources with lists of common combinations that dont mean what youd think they mean?

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毛頭 + negative-verb means “not the slightest, not in the least”. There’s no other meaning of the word, so I guess I wouldn’t really call it an idiom. One of Daijisen’s definitions for it is 毛の先ほども, which I guess is a gesture at why these kanji – the tip of a hair as a way of saying “a really tiny amount”, so with the negative verb it’s “not even a tiny amount”.

In your sentence, the “intention” is つもり.

PS: a useful tool for figuring this out is jisho.org (or equivalent): the entry for 毛頭 tells you this meaning.

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Words not being guessable isnt an uncommon occurrence, so I don’t think any sort of list like that exists. It would be quite long and not something worth memorizing.

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That and just focusing on vocabulary building essentially solves the problem. Takes as much effort to learn vocabulary from a random list as it does to learn vocabulary from a specific list, so OP I wouldn’t worry about it. Learn all the things!

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Thank you. The tip of a hair explanation you gave puts it into context.

Thank you for taking the time to explain it and off some places to check out in the future.

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