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curly dirt

Clumps of dust. Please dust this room, and be sure to get the curly dirt that's gathered under the couch.
See also: curly, dirt

have (one) by the short and curlies

To have complete control or dominance over someone; to have someone at one's mercy. "The short and curlies" refers to the hairs on one's neck, despite popular misconceptions. With all that evidence against you, I'd say the police have you by the short and curlies. Sometimes, I think Mark's wife has him by the short and curlies.
See also: and, curly, have, short

curly dirt

 and house moss; slut's wool
puffs of dirt and dust. How long has it been since you swept under this bed? There's a mountain of curly dirt under here! No one's been in this room for an age. Look at all the cobwebs and curly dirt. She was a terrible housekeeper. House moss collected in all the corners of her rooms.
See also: curly, dirt

have someone by the short and curlies


have someone by the short hairs

If someone has you by the short and curlies or by the short hairs, they have you completely in their power. The union's chief negotiator last night said: `We had the company by the short and curlies.' The managers knew they had us by the short hairs. Note: In this expression, `short and curlies' may refer to a person's pubic hair, to hair on the back of their neck, or to the hair in their beard.
See also: and, curly, have, short

get (or have) someone by the short and curlies (or short hairs)

have complete control of a person. informal
See also: and, curly, get, short


n. a bald person, almost always a male. (Also a jocular term of address.) Well, Curly, looks like you got your dome sunburned!
References in classic literature ?
As they drew nearer and nearer to the place they saw in front of the buffet, which was apparently closed, one of the iron garden-seats with curly backs that had adorned the gardens, but much longer, running almost the whole length of the frontage.
Dolokhov's back in his white shirt, and his curly head, were lit up from both sides.
Dolokhov still sat in the same position, only his head was thrown further back till his curly hair touched his shirt collar, and the hand holding the bottle was lifted higher and higher and trembled with the effort.
She has kind of curly blackish hair and big gray eyes and a pale face.
In the 'tween-decks of the Narwhal, Buck and Curly joined two other dogs.
He was a gloomy, morose fellow, and he showed Curly plainly that all he desired was to be left alone, and further, that there would be trouble if he were not left alone.
Matvey, my sister Anna Arkadyevna will be here tomorrow," he said, checking for a minute the sleek, plump hand of the barber, cutting a pink path through his long, curly whiskers.
They asked questions of a handsome, black-eyed man with curly gray hair, who talked to them in a German accent, while a cheery-faced woman smiled down at them out of a trellised high window of the Swiss cottage perched on the bank.
Nearly 80% of women and girls with curly hair feel existing emojis underrepresent their hair type[1]
Co-washing has been a beauty buzzword for curly girls for some time, and now Aveda's Be Curly Co-Wash ([euro]22) aims to bring the phenomenon to the professional haircare market.
The beauty of the method I have devised here is that you can make your own version of a Curly Wurly as big as you like
CURLY HAIR SOLUTIONS IS BUILDING ON THE SUCCESS of its original Curl Keeper by introducing two new products to complete its trio of curly hair helpers.
It broke our hearts to lose you so sudden without saying goodbye Curly, you'll be in our hearts forever.