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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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It was the size of a man, but it seemed covered with a dull grey hair almost like a Skye-terrier.
His face came forward and peered at my nails, came forward into the light of the opening of the hut and I saw with a quivering disgust that it was like the face of neither man nor beast, but a mere shock of grey hair, with three shadowy over-archings to mark the eyes and mouth.
Threading its way out from among his grey hairs, and continuing right down one side of his tawny scorched face and neck, till it disappeared in his clothing, you saw a slender rod-like mark, lividly whitish.
"Well, yes, Master Marner," said Dolly, who sat with a placid listening face, now bordered by grey hairs; "I doubt it may.
He had even taken from his pocket a cupping apparatus, and was about to proceed to phlebotomy, when the object of his anxious solicitude suddenly revived; but it was to dash his cap from his head, and to throw dust on his grey hairs. The physician was at first inclined to ascribe this sudden and violent emotion to the effects of insanity; and, adhering to his original purpose, began once again to handle his implements.
Why should thy death bring down my grey hairs to the grave, till, in the bitterness of my heart, I curse God and die!''
Thus have I lived till the grey hairs of my old age; yet I can think of no serious fault committed.
'Stress and grey hair are not connected; grey hair is an ageing process,' said Dr Olanrewaju Falodun, a consultant dermatologist at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Stating that she prefers being a 43-year-old woman with grey hair and fine lines, the actor said, "I just feel like I earned that grey hair and my fine lines.
If you're going to meet her and you see that parts of her hair are grey, you can keep to it but don't bother to tell her that she has grey hair," he wrote.
John Frieda stylist Jonathon Eagland said: "Men embracing their grey hair is fantastic.
Premature grey hair and hair loss among smokers: a new opportunity for health education?
Former president Barack Obama yesterday joked about his ears and grey hair and praised his wife Michelle Obama's "hotness" at the unveiling of the couple's official portraits at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
How could you reveal to the masses that at 40, you have grey hair and that you're not the clean-cut, never-aging celebrity that they thought you were?