curl (one's) hair

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curl (one's) hair

To shock or terrify someone. That horror movie sure curled my hair—I could not sleep for a week! Geez, don't sneak up on me like that, you're gonna curl my hair!
See also: curl, hair

curl someone's hair

 and make someone's hair curl
Fig. to frighten or alarm someone; to shock someone with sight, sound, or taste. Don't ever sneak up on me like that again. You really curled my hair. The horror film made my hair curl.
See also: curl, hair
References in classic literature ?
On the morning after the jousting, when Alleyne Edricson went, as was his custom, into his master's chamber to wait upon him in his dressing and to curl his hair, he found him already up and very busily at work.
Harris drew out his map again, after a while, but the sight of it only infuriated the mob, and they told him to go and curl his hair with it.
The sexually explicit material--most never before seen, even by scholars--include an apprentice electrician's description of Wilde giving him oral sex, a voluble Savoy Hotel chambermaid's claim that she saw a "rough" lad of about 14 in Wilde's bed, and the testimony of a 20-year-old named Fred Atkins, who states Wilde got him to curl his hair and took him to Paris as a "secretary" but quickly tossed aside any pretense and "made improper proposals.