curl someone's hair

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curl someone's hair

  1. (idiomatic) To frighten, dismay, or excite someone thoroughly.
    • 1903, Andy Adams, chapter 7, in The Log of a Cowboy:
      "I'm not hankering for the dramatic in life, but we had a run last night that would curl your hair."
    • 1917, William MacLeod Raine, chapter 16, in The Sheriff's Son:
      "Tell the son-of-a-gun for me that next time we meet I'll curl his hair right."
    • 1947, Harry Sylvester, Moon Gaffney (1976 edition), ISBN 780405093593, p. 116:
      "I'd have written him such a letter as would have curled his hair."
    • 2004, Abigail Van Buren, "Dear Abby," Beaver Country Times, 4 Oct. (retrieved 10 Oct 2010):
      After I printed that letter the volume of mail I received from survivors of child sexual abuse curled my hair.
    • 2008, Jackie Kessler, Hell's Belles[1], →ISBN, page 317:
      Yanking open the door to the bathroom, I was greeted with a stink foul enough to curl my hair.

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