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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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the grey pound

The economic purchasing power of elderly people as a group. Primarily heard in UK. As the baby-boom generation enters old age, many different markets are trying to capitalize on the burgeoning influence of the grey pound.
See also: grey, pound

the gray dollar

The economic purchasing power of elderly people as a group. Primarily heard in US. As the baby-boom generation enters old age, many different markets are trying to capitalize on the burgeoning influence of the gray dollar.
See also: dollar, gray

all cats are grey at night

In the dark of night, appearances do not matter (because it is so difficult to see anything). A: "I can't believe you're going on a date with someone you've never met before! What if you don't think he's attractive?" B: "Ah, all cats are grey at night, so it will be fine."
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all cats are grey by night

In the dark of night, appearances do not matter (because it is so difficult to see anything). A: "I can't believe you're going on a date with someone you've never met before! What if you don't think he's attractive?" B: "Ah, all cats are grey by night, so it will be fine."
See also: all, cat, grey, night

grey area

A concept or topic that is not clearly defined or that exists somewhere between two extreme positions. Primarily heard in Australia. There's a large grey area regarding whether the use of the new surveillance technology is lawful.
See also: area, grey

grey amber

Another term for ambergris, a waxy substance excreted by sperm whales and used as a fixative, especially in the preparation of perfumes. The large chunk of grey amber that washed ashore is worth more than gold!
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grey power

The influence exerted by the elderly people in an organization, community, etc. When I decided to run for office, I knew that grey power would be an important factor in the election and that I needed to rally support from the elderly.
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all cats are gray in the dark

In the dark of night, appearances do not matter (because it is so difficult to see anything). A: "I can't believe you're going on a date with someone you've never met before! What if you don't think he's attractive?" B: "Ah, all cats are gray in the dark, so it will be fine."
See also: all, cat, dark, gray

All cats are gray in the dark.

Prov. When in the dark, appearances are meaningless, since everything is hard to see or unseen. I don't care if my date is ugly. All cats are gray in the dark.
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a grey area

  (British & Australian) also a gray area (American)
a subject or problem that people do not know how to deal with because there are no clear rules The legal difference between negligence and recklessness is a bit of a grey area.
See also: area, grey

grey matter

  (British & Australian humorous) also gray matter (American humorous)
your intelligence It's an entertaining film but it doesn't exactly stimulate the old grey matter.
See also: grey, matter

the men in grey suits

men in business or politics who have a lot of power and influence although the public does not see them or know about them As usual, it is the men in grey suits who will decide the future of the industry.
See also: grey, men, suit

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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Grey knits are cosy and casual and grey jeans were a huge hit last year.
Grey also works perfectly with the vintage look, so go for delicate designs.
I've made several grey additions to my wardrobe this month and all have earned me compliments, so maybe it has finally shaken off the boring image.
Creative Director of Colour Me Beautiful GREY is a fabulous colour and no one should be afraid of it.
Ablonde person with pale skin and blue eyes should wear the lighter grey like dove or pewter.
Red and grey together is very striking and gorgeous.
If you are a redhead, grey mixes beautifully with greens.
A grey with a little bit of green in it, or even just a little bit of brown, looks beautiful mixed with animal prints.
If you wear grey head to toe, it is the perfect background for bold jewellery as well as colourful shoes and handbags, and, with a bit of thought, you can really make your outfit stand out that way.
At a presentation in Scotland two weeks ago, I wore grey all over.