Are you looking for some useful hair idioms to use in your everyday English?
If so, you will certainly enjoy the next post.
27 Useful Hair Idioms & Phrases (Meaning & Examples)
A Bad Hair Day
- Meaning: When someone’s hair does not look good or when someone is having a bad day. When nothing seems to go right.
- Example In A Sentence: What is her problem? She must be having a bad hair day today.
By A Hair/Whisker
- Meaning: By a very small amount, usually a very short distance.
- Example In A Sentence: He won the race by a hair.
Finer Than Frog Hair
- Meaning #1: to be very thin.
- Example in a Sentence: I like my pancakes to be finer than frog hair.
- Meaning #2: to be very good in quality; excellent
- Example in a Sentence: That new dress looks amazing, it is finer than frog hair.
A Hair Of The Dog
- Meaning: an alcoholic drink to make you feel better when experiencing a hangover.
Example In A Sentence: A little hair of the dog should make you feel better.
To Be Out Of One’s Hair
- Meaning: To no longer be annoying someone.
- Example In A Sentence: They sent their children with Grandma for a few hours just to get them out of their hair.
One’s Hair Stands On End
- Meaning: To be extremely anxious, nervous or frightened.
- Example In A Sentence: Just the thought of riding a roller coaster makes my hair stand on end.
To Get Gray Hair From Someone or Something
- Meaning: To be worried or stressed about something.
- Example In A Sentence: All this worrying is going to give me gray hair.
- Meaning: Something that is frightening; disturbing.
- Example In A Sentence: Driving on those roads at that speed was definitely a hair-raising experience. One that I don’t want to repeat anytime soon.
- Meaning: To be overly concerned about minute or irrelevant details.
- Example In A Sentence: I don’t think we should be so hair-splitting. We need to focus on the bigger issue here.
Let One’s Hair Down
- Meaning: To be relaxed and calm.
- Example In A Sentence: Don’t worry it will be fine. Just let your hair down a little and enjoy yourself.
To Not Touch/Harm A Hair On Someone’s Head
- Meaning: To not come close to hurting someone.
- Example In A Sentence: Don’t you dare touch a hair on her head or else you will have to answer to me.
To Part One’s Hair
- Meaning: Used as an exaggeration to state that something came very close towards someone.
- Example In A Sentence: The golf ball came so close to his head it nearly parted his hair.
To Put Hair On One’s Chest
- Meaning: If you say that a drink or food will put hair on your chest, you are saying that it is very strong. It also can mean that it is very good for you. It is usually said from one man to another man. Not said between women.
- Example In A Sentence: Here, give this a try. It will put hair on your chest.
Keep Your Hair On!
- Meaning: (British English) Used to calm someone down, helping them not to lose their temper.
- Example In A Sentence: Keep your hair on, I will be down in a minute.
Without Turning A Hair Or To Not Turn A Hair
- Meaning: to remain calm. Not showing any signs of distress, worry or concern; unaffected.
- Example In A Sentence: When the loud fireworks were going off outside, he didn’t turn a hair.
- Meaning: to be an important person; big cheese, big fish.
- Example In A Sentence: How does it feel to be a big wig now that you got that promotion?
To Tear One’s Hair Out
- Meaning: To be extremely stressed or worry about something.
- Example In A Sentence: I have been tearing out my hair all day trying to figure out what went wrong.
- Meaning: An elderly woman
- Example In A Sentence: Nowadays there are a lot of bluehairs living in Florida.
By A Hair’s Breadth
- Meaning: By a very short distance.
- Example In A Sentence: He won the race at the end by a hair’s breadth.
To Curl One’s Hair
- Meaning: To frighten or shock someone; to alarm.
- Example In A Sentence: That horror movie made my hair curl. I don’t think I like horror movies.
To Get Into One’s Hair
- Meaning: To get in the way; to annoy.
- Example In A Sentence: Can you watch the kids. I need to get a lot down today and if they are at home, they will just be in my hair.
- Meaning: To do something foolish or stupid. A lapse in thinking, like having a senior moment.
- Example In A Sentence: I can’t remember his name. I must be having a blond moment.
To Wig Out
- Meaning: to become extremely excited about something.
- Example In A Sentence: She’ll wig out when her boyfriend shows up at her work.
Hair Out Of Place
- Meaning: Used to describe someone who is always neat and well organized.
- Example In A Sentence: Susan is always punctual at work and never seems to have a hair out of place.
To Make The Hair On The Back Of One’s Neck Stand Up
- Meaning: To frighten or to make nervous.
- Example In A Sentence: Walking around the old farm at night makes the hair on the back of my neck to stand up.
To Have Someone By The Short Hairs
- Meaning: To have someone under control.
- Example In A Sentence: After showing him the secret pictures he took of them they roved they had them by their short hairs.
In The Crosshairs
- Meaning: to be the object of one’s criticism.
- Example In A Sentence: That company has been in the crosshairs of the townspeople and city hall over environmental issues.