- 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
Related Words for hairwig, hairstyle, grass, fur, haircut, fiber, wool, strand, eyebrow, mane, shock, lock, tress, down, cut, tuft, bristle, filament, beard, mop
Examples from the Web for hair
Contemporary Examples of hair
But his fingers moved through her silky strands of hair, and then down her neck.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
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
December 22, 2014
Hangover Rx: “The old ‘hair of the dog’ is pretty much just a myth,” says White.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
While the look worked for some, the combination of heat and chemicals took a toll on the hair of others.
Sales for hair relaxers among the black community have dropped by 26 percent in the past five years.
Historical Examples of hair
Hence the hair of the deceased was consecrated to her, and her name invoked at funerals.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She could feel the shears against her hair, and she was so scared she swore like he told her.
He recalled the story Uncle Peter had told at the Oldakers' about the woman and her hair.
One-half of the pink roses were on the table, and one from the other half was in her hair.
Let me fix your hair and we'll hurry to Vinton's as fast as ever we can.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- a fabric or material made from the hair of some animals
- (as modifier)a hair carpet; a hair shirt
Word Origin 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.
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