- to relax; behave informally: He finally let his hair down and actually cracked a joke.
- to speak candidly or frankly; remove or reduce restraints: He let his hair down and told them about his anxieties.
Origin of hair
Examples from the Web for hair
But his fingers moved through her silky strands of hair, and then down her neck.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They dye their hair and alter their clothes, but not enough to attract attention from authorities.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom|Lizzie Crocker|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While the look worked for some, the combination of heat and chemicals took a toll on the hair of others.
The idea to invest in their own hair company came from Miko after seeing how clients at their salon responded to her natural hair.
“You can cut my hair, you can bald me, you can strip me naked and take away my dignity,” she said.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality|Justin Jones|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A large proportion of mammals have the surface fairly uniformly covered with hair of one kind only.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
I pinned a clean towel round my neck, barber fashion, and pulling the pins out of my hair, shook it down over my shoulders.The Motor Maid|Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
Lady Cecilia rose from the bed, advanced towards the mirror, and smoothed her hair.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4|George W. M. Reynolds
Between that and the wildcats it made our hair stand on end and the chills go up and down our spines.The Biography of a Rabbit|Roy Benson
He could scent the flower-like odour of her body and wrapping, even her hair.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for hair
- a fabric or material made from the hair of some animals
- (as modifier)a hair carpet; a hair shirt
Word Origin for hair
Word Origin and History for hair
Old English hær "hair, a hair," from Proto-Germanic *khæran (cf. Old Saxon, Old Norse, Old High German har, Old Frisian her, Dutch and German haar "hair"), perhaps from PIE *ghers- "to stand out, to bristle, rise to a point" (cf. Lithuanian serys "bristle;" see horror).
Spelling influenced by Old Norse har and Old English haire "haircloth," from Old French haire, from Frankish *harja or some other Germanic source (see above). To let one's hair down "become familiar" is first recorded 1850. Phrase hair of the dog that bit you (1540s), homeopathic remedy, is in Pliny.
Medicine definitions for hair
Science definitions for hair
Idioms and Phrases with hair
In addition to the idioms beginning with hair
- hair of the dog that bit you
- hair shirt
- bad hair day
- by a hair
- by the short hairs
- fair-haired boy
- get gray hair from
- hang by a thread (hair)
- hide or hair
- in someone's hair
- let one's hair down
- make one's hair stand on end
- put lead in one's pencil (hair on one's chest)
- split hairs
- tear one's hair
- turn a hair