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curly dirt

Clumps of dust. Please dust this room, and be sure to get the curly dirt that's gathered under the couch.
See also: curly, dirt

have (one) by the short and curlies

To have complete control or dominance over someone; to have someone at one's mercy. "The short and curlies" refers to the hairs on one's neck, despite popular misconceptions. With all that evidence against you, I'd say the police have you by the short and curlies. Sometimes, I think Mark's wife has him by the short and curlies.
See also: and, by, curly, have, short

get (one) by the short and curlies

To have complete control or dominance over one. "The short and curlies" refers to the hairs on one's neck, despite popular misconceptions. With all that evidence against you, I'd say the police have got you by the short and curlies. Sometimes, I think Mark's wife has got him by the short and curlies.
See also: and, by, curly, get, short

curly dirt

 and house moss; slut's wool
puffs of dirt and dust. How long has it been since you swept under this bed? There's a mountain of curly dirt under here! No one's been in this room for an age. Look at all the cobwebs and curly dirt. She was a terrible housekeeper. House moss collected in all the corners of her rooms.
See also: curly, dirt

have someone by the short and curlies

or

have someone by the short hairs

BRITISH, INFORMAL, RUDE
If someone has you by the short and curlies or by the short hairs, they have you completely in their power. The union's chief negotiator last night said: `We had the company by the short and curlies.' The managers knew they had us by the short hairs. Note: In this expression, `short and curlies' may refer to a person's pubic hair, to hair on the back of their neck, or to the hair in their beard.
See also: and, by, curly, have, short, someone

get (or have) someone by the short and curlies (or short hairs)

have complete control of a person. informal
See also: and, by, curly, get, short, someone

curly

n. a bald person, almost always a male. (Also a jocular term of address.) Well, Curly, looks like you got your dome sunburned!
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Curlier, the French Army has also expressed the need for a lighter weapon.
Runner beans are curlier this year - but they'll still taste just as good
"You're walking on eggshells, so I asked, 'Do you think I can Colour my hair?"' "Blondie," her oncologist told her, "I want you to Colour your hair any Colour you want." John Barrett, who has a namesake salon at Bergdorf Goodman, said hair usually grows back curlier and slightly grayer.
Curlier (44) misplaced and distinguished that case because of the difference between a community of property regime and a separate property regime.
Friends, the landscape has changed, due in no small part to those powerful realties about which we spoke curlier: secularization, globalization, cultural and religious pluralism, and this digital age in which we now reside.
Cabanne, tried in May 1915, several witnesses were questioned closely about Gay gway do such's "character of hair," its length, waviness, color, and whether, to their knowledge, Gay gway do such combed his hair or did anything to make it curlier. The uncertainty of using physical characteristics as a basis for determining ancestry was clearly revealed as the lawyers questioned witnesses about their ideas of what constituted a "mixed blood." Witnesses were understandably uncertain about exactly how people of mixed descent "looked different." How could they determine the curliness of hair that was kept "down smooth" with oil or grease, or was matted?
Such irritation is usually caused by shaving, because the ingrown hairs of African-American men not only are thicker and curlier, but also tend not to grow away from the face but back toward the skin, trapping the hair inside.
She's been a fixture for 33 years, since the days when her hair was even curlier and blonder.
This means that WordSmith never stands still for long, but like the hair on your head grows perceptibly longer, indeed whiter or curlier or straighter too, as time goes by.
I'm sorry, I know the done thing is to say how great it was `oop north' and what a success the whole thing was, but try telling that to the motorists who were backed up to Scotch Corner while their sandwiches went ever curlier at the edges.
(Possible answers: It's curlier; it's longer; it's darker.)
All this sends us back to Lefebure's famous letter to Mallarme in 1862, ironically signaling the difference between his addressee's poetry and poetic outlook and those of the English Laureate, as well as the difference in their coiffure, Tennyson's locks being curlier than Mallarmes (Oeuvres, p.
Secondly, perming does not always achieve exactly the desired effect, sometimes turning out either curlier or softer than you imagined.
Mexicans and Central Americans tend to have straight, thick and relatively oily hair, says Rodriguez, while Caribbean Hispanics often have curlier, drier hair.
174, where the author notes that curlier scholars attributed the illuminations in this manuscript to Jean and Francois Clouet and others; Zvereva, op.