get gray hair from

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get gray hair from (someone or something)

To be exceedingly worried, stressed, or upset by or about something or someone. I'm getting gray hair from these kids screaming all day long. I'm going to get gray hair from my teenage daughter and all her wild behavior. I'm going to get gray hair from dealing with this stupid car breaking down all the time!
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get gray hair from

Be very worried or upset by. For example, I know I'm going to get gray hair from his driving. Similarly, give gray hair to means "to worry someone," as in The boy's love of rock climbing gave his parents gray hair. This idiom alludes to the notion that extreme anxiety or grief can cause one's hair to turn gray. [Early 1600s]
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I'm getting grey hair now - seriously, I am - and I'm sure all the worry of not playing has started them shooting through.
There's a running joke about Bruno and his short hair, which he keeps deliberately short, because we're all convinced he's getting grey hairs - hence the reference to famous newsreader Mr McDonald.
From the age of 45 their preoccupation with getting grey hairs increases rapidly.
Burnley manager Stan Ternent joked that he was getting grey hairs waiting for his hitman to score with his boots.