terrifying or horrifying: We had a hair-raising brush with death.
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How to use hair-raising in a sentence
So undoubtedly, there will be some isolated hair-raising increases.
In a hair-raising series of events, he was able to get a ticket to the United States and get out of Uganda.
Very little excited Jay, not even his own hair-raising habit of reading while he drove.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis | Richard Ben Cramer | January 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The facts in the case are well-known, yet remain hair-raising.Would Truth Serum Work on James Holmes in the Aurora Shooting Trial? | Kent Sepkowitz | March 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The explosive finale, when demonic fans run amok at a movie premiere, is hair-raising in its viciousness.
The submarine E.14 sailed into harbour after a series of hair-raising adventures in the Sea of Marmora.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
It was a hair-raising problem, too, and called for every ounce of nerve and every particle of skill the boy possessed.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
But Braithwaite has won his spurs now in many a hair-raising crisis, so K. may let his mind rest at ease.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
He related with appropriate force the hair-raising episode of the weird white figure.The Gold Bat | P. G. Wodehouse
Welcome described another hair-raising turn at another place that allowed him to circle, and came whooping back.Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends | Stanley R. Matthews
British Dictionary definitions for hair-raising
inspiring horror; terrifying: a hair-raising drop of 600 feet
- hair-raiser, noun
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