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gray hair

1. Literally, hair that has lightened to a grayish color, typically due to aging. I'm only 30—how do I have gray hair already?
2. By extension, negative or undesired physical effects (such as hair that has lightened) due to being exceedingly worried, stressed, or upset by or about something or someone. I'm getting gray hair from being around these screaming kids 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!
See also: gray, hair

*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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Kate Middleton's gray hair recent triggered discussions about the age of the Duchess of Cambridge.
Amanda Lindsay, a research administrator, said that a person doesn't need to be old to have gray hair. Joseph Bangura Lee seconded Lindsay's thoughts and said that Middleton is not that old yet.
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The rising population of gray hairs, at an annual average of 3.3 percent in recent years, is posing a challenge for the country to ensure the well being of its senior citizens, experts said at the forum.
I like the appearance of some gray hairs in The Advocate.
The researchers found a similar mechanism at work in the gray hairs of normal mice and in people.
And they dyed gray hairs with a mixture of henna, cow's blood, warm oil, and crushed tadpoles.
I've been plucking out my gray hairs for more than six months now and, believe me, I know the location of every single one on my head.
Meghan Markle has a baby bump, but royal watchers have noticed that the Duchess of Sussex hasn't been sporting any gray hairs. Meghan might be taking a few measures to hide any white strands, an expert says.
Is it true that plucking gray hairs will cause more grays to grow?
At the same time, as men in the baby boom generation begin to discover their first gray hairs, many are starting to turn to hair coloring products.
The writer went on to say that she also has some gray hairs and it's nice to know that Markle, a member of the royal family, is just like everyone else.
Smoking has also been associated with gray hair and baldness in recent studies.
The truth of the matter is that just about any woman alive would sooner stare into the noonday sun than wish gray hair upon herself.