gray hair

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*gray hair(s)

1. Lit. a lightening of the hair caused by aging or hereditary factors. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ∼.) I get more gray hair the older I get. I guess my genes give me gray hair.
2. Fig. a lightening of the hair caused by stress or frustration. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ∼.) I'm getting gray hairs because I have three teenage boys. I have gray hair from raising four kids.
See also: gray, hair
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The younger, on the contrary, not wishing to become the wife of an old man, was equally zealous in removing every gray hair she could find.
A man with gray hair had thrown himself from the boat into the river and was swimming vigorously toward the person who was drowning; but being obliged to go against the current he advanced but slowly.
exclaimed the man with gray hair, who also touched bottom.
He sat down by his wife, his elbows on his knees and his hands ruffling his gray hair.
He was a very lean man, of no more than average height, with gray hair cut short and a stubbly gray moustache.
But he came of a long-lived family, he had not a single gray hair, no one would have taken him for forty, and he remembered Varenka's saying that it was only in Russia that men of fifty thought themselves old, and that in France a man of fifty considers himself dans la force de l'age, while a man of forty is un jeune homme.
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.
Aunt Polly had drooped into a settled melancholy, and her gray hair had grown almost white.
He was a tall old man, with a sallow skin and hollow cheeks; his gray hair was thin and long.
He strews the seeds of anxiety upon the decks of scudding ships, makes the foam-stripped ocean look old, and sprinkles with gray hairs the heads of ship-masters in the homeward-bound ships running for the Channel.
NEW YORK -- It's always been a fashion double standard: Women with gray hair look "old," yet men can go gray and still be considered attractive--as the moniker "silver fox" connotes.
Clooney has never shied away from displaying his gray hair.
Last year, for the first time, researchers at University College of London identified a gene involved in gray hair, the interferon regulatory factor 4 gene (IRF4).
The researchers then compared survey responses with the extent of gray hair on the dogs' muzzles in their photos.
Crodazosoft DBQ conditioning agent is proven to soften virgin and dyed hair; now, Croda has data that it provides consumer-perceivable softening benefits on gray hair too.