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hair-raiser

[hair-rey-zer] /ˈhɛərˌreɪ zər/
noun
1.
a story, experience, etc., that is terrifying or thrilling.
Origin of hair-raiser
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900
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  • Consider me as one of the public,” he said, “and give me a hair-raiser.

    Sport Royal Anthony Hope
  • We bowled along as easy as ninepins, but the pace was a hair-raiser.

    The Nerve of Foley Frank H. Spearman

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