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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.
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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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
cuddle up with a (good) bookand 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.
curl someone's hairand 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.
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?
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.
curl up (in(to) something)
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.
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.
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.
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.
make your hair curlmainly BRITISH or
curl your hairmainly 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.
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.
curl the mosucceed brilliantly; win. Australian informal
make someone's hair curlshock 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).
out of curllacking 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.
curl your lipraise a corner of your upper lip to show contempt; sneer.
make someone's toes curlbring 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!
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.
make somebody’s ˈtoes curlmake 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
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.
(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!