Idioms

    curl one's lip, to assume or display an expression of contempt: He curled his lip in disdain.
    curl one's/the hair, to fill with horror or fright; shock: Some of his stories about sailing across the Atlantic are enough to curl one's hair.

Origin of curl

1400–50; late Middle English, apparently back formation from curled, metathetic variant of Middle English crulled (past participle) crul (adj.); compare Middle Dutch crullen to curl, cruller

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British Dictionary definitions for curl one's hair

curl

/ (kɜːl) /

verb


noun

See also curl up

Word Origin for curl

C14: probably from Middle Dutch crullen to curl; related to Middle High German krol curly, Middle Low German krūs curly
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Idioms and Phrases with curl one's hair

curl one's hair

see make one's hair stand on end (curl).


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