hair

hair [her, har]
n.
[ME here < OE hær (akin to Ger haar, Frank * harja) & < ? OFr haire, hair shirt < Frank * harja < IE base * k̑er(s)-, to bristle]
1. any of the fine, threadlike outgrowths from the skin of an animal or human being
2. a growth of these; esp.,
a) the growth covering the human head
b) the growth covering all or part of the skin of most mammals
3. material woven from hair
4. an extremely small space, margin, degree, etc. [to miss by a hair]
5. Bot. a threadlike growth on a plant; trichome
adj.
1. made of or with hair
2. for the care of the hair [hair tonic]
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☆ get in one's hair
Slang to annoy one
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hair of the dog that bit one or hair of the dog
Informal a drink of alcoholic liquor taken as a supposed cure for a hangover
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have by the short hairs or get by the short hairs
Slang to have (or get) completely at one's mercy
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let one's hair down
Slang to be very informal, relaxed, and free in behavior
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make one's hair stand on end
to terrify or horrify one
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not turn a hair
to show no fear, surprise, embarrassment, etc.; stay calm and unruffled
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split hairs
to make petty distinctions; quibble
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to a hair
exactly; right in every detail
hairlike
adj.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • hair — [ her ] noun *** uncount the thing that grows on your head in a mass of thin fibers: long black hair a girl with dark shoulder length hair He wore his hair in a ponytail. You need to brush your hair before you go out. a. uncount hair that grows… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • hair´i|ly — hair|y «HAIR ee», adjective, hair|i|er, hair|i|est, noun, plural hair|ies. –adj. 1. covered with hair; having much hair: »hairy hads, a hairy ape …   Useful english dictionary


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