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noun

(also permanent wave) A hairstyle produced by setting the hair in waves or curls and then treating it with chemicals so that the style lasts for several months: I had a perm on Friday there are several good home perms available [as modifier]: a perm solution
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  • What are some good styling options for short relaxed hair as a perm grows out?
  • Hair perm products use thioglycolic acid - a chemical that reacts with protein bonds in the hair.
  • Sure, people still perm their hair, it's just that the style of perm has changed.

verb

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Set (the hair) in a perm: her hair was permed and then set
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  • If your hair has been permed or relaxed, color has to be applied carefully or it can weaken the structure of your hair.
  • Quickly she put her dark permed hair in a ponytail.
  • Sitting alongside the soldier was a girl whose hair had recently been permed by the local hairdresser.

Origin

1920s: abbreviation of permanent.

Words that rhyme with perm

affirm, berm, confirm, firm, germ, herm, midterm, sperm, squirm, term, therm, worm

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perm 2 Line breaks: perm
British informal

noun

A permutation, especially a selection of a specified number of matches in a football pool: a full perm of 8 from 11
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  • Even the worst footballers' perms of the 1970s could hardly compete.
  • The man with the most infamous perm in Scottish football history proved that a goalkeeper from an unfashionable club can step up and do a job for Scotland.

verb

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Make a selection of (so many) from a larger number: one of the teams was to perm any 11 from 20
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  • The Scotland coach has to perm four - three starters and a replacement - from the five potential players.
  • From these, it would be very hard for the Culture Department (which runs the interviews) to avoid perming some kind of first.
  • There are five of us - from which we perm a team of four.

Origin

1950s: abbreviation of permutation.

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Perm 3 Line breaks: Perm
An industrial city in Russia, in the western foothills of the Ural Mountains; population 987,200 (est. 2008). Former name (1940–57) Molotov.

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