- 1Any of the fine threadlike strands growing from the skin of humans, mammals, and some other animals.More example sentences
- The oils are rapidly absorbed through skin although the hair on animal skin makes it difficult to apply them.
- A thick white coat of hollow hairs provides good insulation from the arctic climate.
- There was a man at the bus stop with a mole this morning - the kind of mole that grows thick black hairs.
- 1.1A fine threadlike strand growing from the epidermis of a plant, or forming part of a living cell.More example sentences
- The cuticular hairs formed by epidermal cells are not the only examples of cellular projections found in Drosophila.
- Plastid morphogenesis in trichome hair cells from the stem and petiole of tomato plants.
- The leaf surfaces of almost all plant species possess specialized epidermal cell types that form hairs or trichomes.
- 1.2 (a hair) A very small quantity or extent: his magic takes him a hair above the competitionMore example sentences
- But just a hair above a majority of his votes came from a secularized portion of society.
- It's family style, you pay a lot of money for it, and the food is a hair above the other restaurant.
- On the whole, readings ended up just a hair above normal.
- 2Hairs collectively, especially those growing on a person’s head: a woman with shoulder-length fair hair [as modifier]: a hair salonMore example sentences
- Jessica is tanned and has shoulder-length brown hair while Holly is fair and has blonde hair.
- The second man was white, between 40 to 45 years old, with grey shoulder length hair and a beard.
- Her shoulder length hair had grown down to her back and gone from straight to curly.
hair of the dog
- • informal An alcoholic drink taken to cure a hangover.[from hair of the dog that bit you, formerly recommended as an efficacious remedy for the bite of a mad dog]More example sentences
- The team also experimented with the hair of the dog - or drinking a little more alcohol in the morning.
- I started the day off trying to stave off my hangover with the hair of the dog.
- Down the ages, there have been numerous ‘folk’ cures and remedies for hangovers, one of the best known being ‘the hair of the dog that bit you’ - another drink on waking.
- A very small amount or margin: you escaped death by a hair’s breadthMore example sentences
the narrowest of margins, a narrow margin, the skin of one's teeth, a split second, a nose, a whisker
- We were a hair's breadth away from declaring a major incident.
- It is also our understanding that we missed two of the remaining three key indicators by a hair's breadth.
- They were never going to accept that and the idea that they were within a hair's breadth of a deal is simply wrong.
in (or out of) someone's hair
- • informal Annoying (or ceasing to annoy) someone: I’m glad he’s out of my hairMore example sentences
- I've really enjoyed working on the piece, but I'm very, very glad to get it out of my hair, at least temporarily…
- I was sort of glad to get these guys out of my hair for a few hours, a day or two.
- Her parents were probably more than glad to get her out of their hair.
let one's hair down
- • informal Behave in an uninhibited or relaxed manner: let your hair down and just have some funMore example sentences
- Secretaries, spouses, their children and the bosses were there, letting their hair down literally and enjoying themselves.
- A short vacation allows you to let your hair down and enjoy natural surroundings with a loved one.
- This week has a nice surprise with your name on it - so stop work, let your hair down and enjoy it.
make someone's hair stand on end
- Alarm or horrify someone.More example sentences
- If you talk to people in the private sector about what happens in universities, it makes your hair stand on end.
- A woman patron tells me that electrical outlets (for dryers) are so shockingly few as to make your hair stand on end.
- He was a good friend, a close colleague, someone who fearlessly undertook assignments that would make your hair stand on end.
not a hair out of place
- (Of a person) extremely neat and tidy in appearance.More example sentences
- ‘Hello,’ her voice was silky and bright, flashing me a perfect smile with white teeth to go along with it, not a hair out of place.
- This was a ridiculous notion, as he looked perfectly normal to everybody except himself - he was used to being immaculate in public, with not a hair out of place.
- All day in the park with Fido and not a hair out of place.
not turn a hair
- Remain apparently unmoved or unaffected: the old woman didn’t turn a hair; she just sat quietly rockingMore example sentences
- I want the old dog, who doesn't turn a hair if you burst a balloon behind her and who sleeps on our bed at night (even if she does try to eat out feet occasionally).
- And of course, cacti and succulents don't turn a hair in the heat.
- While his owner trembled at the turbulence, he happily looked out of the window and didn't turn a hair.
put hair on one's chest
- • informal (Of an alcoholic drink) be very strong.More example sentences
- My grandmother told me that drinking hard liquor would ‘put hair on your chest.’
- The Baron ordered the chef to change the lamb ragu to a more ‘manly’ dish: lamb shank, a dish that puts hair on your chest.
- He said it would put hair on your chest.
- Make small and overfine distinctions.More example sentences
- Yes, I do see the distinction and am perhaps splitting hairs over the delivery of the message.
- One sentence in the manual required that lawyers participating in the recount should ‘have the courage to voice disagreement and must split hairs trying to find faults.’
- I'm perhaps splitting hairs, here, but there has got to be a difference between drawing influence from various sources and plagiarizing.
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- The wind stirs his hair-like feathers, at times blowing the avian equivalent of bangs across his ‘forehead’ but still he stands studying the water.
- Their flowers range from deep carmine-red through mid-blue to purplish-pink and even beetroot, before giving way to fluffy, hair-like seed heads.
- Even botanists agree that hair-like roots of mosses can absorb water from the thin layer of soil.
Old English hǣr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch haar and German Haar.