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hair-raising

Syllabification: hair-rais·ing

Definition of hair-raising in English:

adjective

Extremely alarming, astonishing, or frightening: hair-raising adventures
More example sentences
  • A family is setting off on what many would consider a hair-raising adventure by upping roots and moving to the other side of the globe.
  • The howling of the sirens, which shriek to announce the beginning and end of each air raid alarm, merge into a single, hair-raising noise.
  • Even within such parameters I have had plenty of adventures of my own abroad, some more hair-raising than others.
Synonyms
terrifying, frightening, petrifying, alarming, chilling, horrifying, shocking, spine-chilling, blood-curdling, bone-chilling, white-knuckle, fearsome, nightmarish;
eerie, sinister, weird, ghostly, unearthly;
informal hairy, spooky, scary, creepy

Derivatives

hair-raiser

1
noun
Example sentences
  • But it is true that there are fewer absolutely lousy frontbench speakers these days, just as much as there are fewer hair-raisers.
  • This includes aquarium hair-raisers that are planned for small, large, and medium sized fish tanks.
  • By the end of this film I was so thoroughly engrossed that when the final sequence - a hair-raiser to end all hair-raisers - arrived, I was reduced to a whimpering, shivering wreck.

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