What’s the meaning of the phrase “just a heads up”?

When someone says “Just a heads up”, what does that mean exactly? It means that you should be made aware of something about to happen, so that you are prepared to take action if necessary. The phrase “heads up” is used in sports to warn people of a ball that’s approaching so that they don’t get hit – basically it means keep your head up so that you can see any incoming balls . The phrase “just a heads up” is now also used a lot in the workplace as well.

Example of “just a heads up” in a sentence

Bob: "Tim, just a heads up, but in two weeks I'm going
on vacation.  So, you might have to cover for me in case
anything comes up."

Tim: "No problem, Bob!"

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