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  1. terrifying or horrifying: We had a hair-raising brush with death.

Origin of hair-raising

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby hair-raising Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hair-raising in a sentence

  • The submarine E.14 sailed into harbour after a series of hair-raising adventures in the Sea of Marmora.

  • It was a hair-raising problem, too, and called for every ounce of nerve and every particle of skill the boy possessed.

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  • But Braithwaite has won his spurs now in many a hair-raising crisis, so K. may let his mind rest at ease.

  • He related with appropriate force the hair-raising episode of the weird white figure.

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  • Welcome described another hair-raising turn at another place that allowed him to circle, and came whooping back.

British Dictionary definitions for hair-raising


  1. inspiring horror; terrifying: a hair-raising drop of 600 feet

Derived forms of hair-raising

  • hair-raiser, noun

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