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12-ounce curls

The act of drinking beer (which is commonly sold in 12-ounce cans), jokingly likened to a weightlifting exercise. The only exercise John seems to do these days is 12-ounce curls.
See also: curl

curl (one's) lip

To sneer at something. When I heard what was for dinner, I curled my lip in disgust. Don't you curl your lip at me! I did nothing wrong here!
See also: curl, lip

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 up

1. To sit or recline with the knees pulled in close to the chest. A cold, rainy night like this just makes me want to stay home and curl up with a good book.
2. To coil something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "curl" and "up." I curled up the ribbon before tying it onto the gift box.
3. slang To kill someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "curl" and "up." I curled up the informant, boss, don't worry—he'll never talk to the police again.
See also: curl, up

curl up and die

To die. This phrase is usually used hyperbolically or humorously to emphasize one's embarrassment. If I don't get asked to the prom, I'll be so embarrassed that I might as well just curl up and die!
See also: and, curl, die, up

curl up with (someone or something)

1. To snuggle with someone or something. My daughter can't sleep unless she's curled up with her teddy bear. The puppies curled up with their mother in the bed.
2. To make oneself cozy and comfortable with something, often a book. A cold, rainy night like this just makes me want to stay home and curl up with a good book.
See also: curl, up

make (one's) toes curl

1. To cause one an acute feeling of disgust, shame, embarrassment, or anguish. Her story about the disastrous wedding made everyone's toes curl. The thought of having to give her presentation in front of an audience made her toes curl. I don't know why, but the sound of another person chewing makes my toes curl.
2. To cause one an acute feeling of joy or pleasure. When he leaned in to kiss me at the end of the date, it made my toes curl.
See also: curl, make, toe

want to curl up and die

To wish one could have an escape or some instant relief from being mortified or extremely embarrassed. Hershel just asked me out in the middle of class in front of everyone. I want to curl up and die. After my presentation, I realized my fly had been down the whole time, and I wanted to curl up and die.
See also: and, curl, die, up, want

curl the mo

To be very successful. Primarily heard in Australia. Wow, that runner sure curled the mo today, winning the race in record time!
See also: curl, Mo

make (one's) hair curl

To cause someone an acute feeling of shame, embarrassment, or anguish. Her story about the disastrous wedding made everyone's hair curl. The thought of having to give her presentation in front of an audience made her hair curl.
See also: curl, hair, make

out of curl

obsolete Of hair, straight and limp; no longer curly. After spending so much time on her hair, Mary was worried that it would come out of curl if she stepped outside into the storm.
See also: curl, of, out

cuddle up with a (good) book

 and curl up (with a (good) book)
to snuggle into a chair or bed comfortably to read a book. I want to go home and cuddle up with a good book. She went home and curled up with a good book.
See also: book, cuddle, up

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

curl something up

to roll something up into a coil. She curled the edges of the paper up while she spoke. Why did she curl up the paper?
See also: curl, up

curl up and die

Fig. to die. (Often jocular.) When I heard you say that, I could have curled up and died. No, it wasn't an illness. She just curled up and died.
See also: and, curl, die, up

curl up (in(to) something

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1. to roll into a coil. The snake curled up into a neat coil. It curled up so we couldn't get at it.
2. [for one] to bend one's body into a resting place, such as a chair or a bed. Colleen curled up in the chair and took a nap. She curled up and took a nap.
See also: curl, up

curl up with (someone or an animal)

to snuggle up to someone or something. She curled up with her husband and fell asleep. Elaine curled up with the family dog to keep warm.
See also: curl, up

curl up

1. Assume a position with the legs drawn up; settle down for sleep in this posture. For example, I love to curl up with a good book. [c. 1900]
2. curl up and die. Retreat, collapse, die, as in At first the horse was ahead but in the home stretch she curled up and died, or I'll just curl up and die if he shows up. This colorful expression for collapsing or dying is often used hyperbolically (second example). [Early 1900s]
3. curl someone up. Kill someone, as in The sheriff said he'd curl up that outlaw. This usage originated as cowboy slang in the second half of the 1800s.
See also: curl, up

make one's hair stand on end

Also, make one's hair curl. Terrify one, as in The very thought of an earthquake makes my hair stand on end, or Diving off a high board is enough to make my hair curl. The first term, first recorded in 1534, alludes to goose pimples prompted by fear, which cause the hairs around them to stand up. The variant dates from the mid-1900s.
See also: end, hair, make, on, stand

make your hair curl

mainly BRITISH or

curl your hair

mainly AMERICAN
If something makes your hair curl, it makes you very shocked or worried. I could tell you stories that would make your hair curl. Some of the things I read daily would curl your hair.
See also: curl, hair, make

make your toes curl

1. If something makes your toes curl, it makes you feel very embarrassed. He reminds us of every time our toes curled in the past watching TV presenters making idiotic comments or awful jokes. I attacked her in a way that now makes my toes curl. Note: You can use toe-curling before nouns to describe things that make you feel embarrassed. Movies about famous explorers rarely work, as some recent toe-curling efforts show.
2. If something makes your toes curl, it makes you react strongly, especially by being shocked. She tells stories that would make your toes curl. Note: You can also say that something curls your toes. There are some things you'll learn about this place that'll curl your toes.
See also: curl, make, toe

curl the mo

succeed brilliantly; win. Australian informal
See also: curl, Mo

make someone's hair curl

shock or horrify someone. informal
This expression may have developed in the mid 20th century as a dramatic or humorous variation of make someone's hair stand on end (see hair).
See also: curl, hair, make

out of curl

lacking energy. British
This is an early 20th-century expression based on the idea that curly hair has vitality (as in ‘bouncy curls’). Therefore, hair which has become limp or out of curl may be thought to indicate listlessness or enervation.
See also: curl, of, out

curl your lip

raise a corner of your upper lip to show contempt; sneer.
See also: curl, lip

make someone's toes curl

bring about an extreme reaction in someone, either of pleasure or disgust. informal
1984 Paul Prudhomme Louisiana Kitchen This is so good it'll make your toes curl!
See also: curl, make, toe

make somebody’s ˈhair curl

(informal, humorous) shock or disturb somebody: The video contains some sex scenes that are enough to make your hair curl.
See also: curl, hair, make

make somebody’s ˈtoes curl

make somebody feel embarrassed or uncomfortable about something: After yesterday’s embarrassing incident, she really didn’t want to go to work. Just thinking about it was enough to make her toes curl. ▶ ˈtoe-curling adj.: a toe-curling performance
See also: curl, make, toe

curl up

v.
1. To twist, bend, or roll something into a curved or spiral form: She curled up the poster and slipped it into a tube. He waxed the ends of his moustache and curled them up.
2. To assume a curved or spiral form: The pages of the book had curled up at the edges.
3. To assume a position with the legs drawn up: I curled up in an armchair to read a book.
See also: curl, up

(just) curl up and die

1. in. to retreat and die. I was so embarrassed, I thought I would curl up and die.
2. in. to retreat; to withdraw. Don’t just curl up and die! Get in there and fight!
See also: and, curl, die, just, up

curl up and die

verb
See also: and, curl, die, up
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