against the hair

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

against the hair

  1. (obsolete) In a rough and disagreeable manner; against the grain.
    • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II, Scene 3,[1]
      He is the wiser man, master doctor: he is a curer of souls, and you a curer of bodies; if you should fight, you go against the hair of your professions.
    • 1644, David Hume, The History of the Houses of Douglas and Angus, Edinburgh, Part II, p. 248,[2]
      But his Army loved him not; all went unwillingly with him, and against the hair.
    • 1663, Samuel Butler, Hudibras, London, Part 2, Canto 3, p. 74,[3]
      And yet hee’l smile, but then beware,
      For sure it is against the hair;