to give (the hair) a permanent.
to apply a permanent to the hair.
Other definitions for Perm (2 of 2)
a city in the E Russian Federation in Europe, on the Kama River.
- Formerly Molotov.
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How to use perm in a sentence
I get the sense that many young people just think of the 1980s as an era of bad perms, big shoulder pads and John Hughes movies.The Souvenir Part II Captures the Ragged Beauty of the 1980s Like No Other Film | Stephanie Zacharek | October 29, 2021 | Time
One of the documentary’s more innocuous revelations is that Ross’s signature curls, a not-quite-afro, were achieved with a perm.4 things we learned from the Bob Ross documentary, including his hair secrets and an alleged affair | Bethonie Butler | August 27, 2021 | Washington Post
After that, an employer can ask for permission to offer the immigrant a permanent job under the Department of Labor's perm certification program.Feds say Facebook broke US law offering permanent jobs to H-1B workers | Timothy B. Lee | December 3, 2020 | Ars Technica
A car mechanic who goes by the name “Big perm” said he noticed a change in the neighborhood.
Big perm worries that the lack of policing the “small fry” will lead to more crimes by “big fry.”
“Seeking a long-term (perm) 24/7 slave, for absolute ownership/slavery,” his profile on Collarpsace.com read.How ‘MrHandcuffs’ Ended Up With Two Corpses in Suitcases | Michael Daly | June 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My sisters opened a beauty parlor in their bedroom, curling hair with crisscrossed bobby pins and calling it a perm.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’ | Eileen Cronin | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was wearing a perm, so I just had to go to the back of my neck and I had a fist full of sweat.‘No No,’ a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid | Marlow Stern | February 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There, to his great annoyance, he found that no boat started for perm till the following day at twelve o'clock.
He went to the office of the company whose boats plied between Nijni-Novgorod and perm.
At perm travelers from Siberia resell their vehicles, more or less damaged by the long journey across the plains.
The hood was pulled up, as it was insupport-ably hot, and at twelve o'clock the tarantass left perm in a cloud of dust.
Long trains laden with freight from perm, blocked the way and delayed us.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life | Thomas Wallace Knox
British Dictionary definitions for perm (1 of 3)
a hairstyle produced by treatment with heat, chemicals, etc which gives long-lasting waves, curls, or other shaping: Also called (esp formerly): permanent wave
the act of giving or receiving such a hairstyle
(tr) to give a perm to (hair)
British Dictionary definitions for perm (2 of 3)
short for permutation (def. 4)
British Dictionary definitions for Perm (3 of 3)
a port in W Russia, on the Kama River: oil refinery; university (1916). Pop: 984 000 (2005 est): Former name (1940–62): Molotov
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