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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 somebody by the short and curlies

  (very informal) also have somebody by the short hairs (very informal)
to have complete power over someone They've got us by the short and curlies. We have no choice but to agree.
See also: and, curly, have, 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.