16 Idioms related to human hair

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1. Bad hair day

  • Meaning: A day when one's hair looks untidy or unmanageable, often used more broadly to describe a day when everything seems to go wrong.

  • Sentence Usage 1: I woke up with a bad hair day, and it seemed like nothing went smoothly.

  • Sentence Usage 2: It was a bad hair day at the office with multiple technical glitches.

2. Hair of the dog

  • Meaning: An alcoholic drink taken to cure a hangover, typically the same type of alcohol that caused the hangover.

  • Sentence Usage 1: After a night of heavy drinking, he swore by the hair of the dog to alleviate his hangover.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Some people believe that a small amount of the same alcohol can be the best hair of the dog.

3. By a hair's breadth

  • Meaning: Very narrowly; by a very small margin.

  • Sentence Usage 1: He escaped the accident by a hair's breadth, narrowly avoiding a collision.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The athlete won the race by a hair's breadth, making it a thrilling finish.

4. Get in someone's hair

  • Meaning: To annoy or disturb someone.

  • Sentence Usage 1: I didn't want to get in her hair, so I stayed out of the way while she was working.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The constant noise from the construction site was getting in everyone's hair.

5. Let your hair down

  • Meaning: To relax and enjoy oneself, especially after a period of hard work or restraint.

  • Sentence Usage 1: After the exams, the students decided to let their hair down and have a party.

  • Sentence Usage 2: It's Friday night, and I'm ready to let my hair down and have a good time.

6. Makes your hair stand on end

  • Meaning: Causes intense fear or horror; gives you goosebumps.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The eerie sound in the haunted house makes your hair stand on end.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The shocking revelation in the movie made everyone's hair stand on end.

7. Not/never a hair out of place

  • Meaning: Used to describe someone who looks perfectly groomed and well put together.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Her hair and outfit were flawless; not a hair out of place.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Despite the windy weather, he emerged from the car with not a hair out of place.

8. Tear one's hair out

  • Meaning: To be extremely upset, frustrated, or agitated.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Dealing with the technical issues made me want to tear my hair out.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The constant delays were enough to make anyone tear their hair out.

9. (Not) turn a hair

  • Meaning: To show no emotional reaction, especially in a situation that would typically evoke a response.

  • Sentence Usage 1: She did not turn a hair when faced with the unexpected news.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Even with the shocking revelation, he did not turn a hair.

10. Split hairs

  • Meaning: Arguing about trivial or unimportant details; making fine distinctions.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Let's not split hairs over minor differences; focus on the main issues.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Some people tend to split hairs when interpreting complex regulations.

11. Hair-raising experience

  • Meaning: A very frightening or thrilling experience.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The roller coaster ride was a hair-raising experience that left everyone screaming.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Climbing the steep mountain was a hair-raising adventure, but the view was worth it.

12. Splitting hairs

  • Meaning: Making unnecessary or overly fine distinctions; arguing about trivial details.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Instead of focusing on the main issue, they spent hours splitting hairs over minor points.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Stop splitting hairs and get to the heart of the matter.

13. Hair's breadth

  • Meaning: A very small or narrow margin; an extremely close distance.

  • Sentence Usage 1: He missed the target by a hair's breadth, but it was enough to win the competition.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The car passed by a hair's breadth, avoiding a collision by a split second.

14. Let your hair stand on end

  • Meaning: To feel frightened or horrified, causing one's hair to stand on end.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The eerie sounds in the haunted house made my hair stand on end.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The chilling story made everyone's hair stand on end.

15. Hair trigger

  • Meaning: Extremely sensitive or easily activated; reacting quickly to a stimulus.

  • Sentence Usage 1: His temper was on a hair trigger, and any criticism would set him off.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The device had a hair trigger, responding to the slightest touch.

17. Hairpin turn

  • Meaning: A sharp, U-shaped turn in a road or path; a curve with a tight radius.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The mountain road had several hairpin turns, making the drive challenging.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Negotiating the hairpin turn required skilled driving.

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