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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.
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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 (someone) 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 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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The new equation takes into account the stiffness of hairs, the effects of gravity and the presence of random curliness or waviness.
Part of the difference is in the curliness of ethnic hair, which has a much greater chance of growing up and into the skin which will then get trapped and create a bump," explained Chris Hayes, chief executive officer of Barc, NY, NY.
They have to produce hair that is the right thickness, the right length, the right angle as it leaves the scalp, and the right degree of curliness," said Sinclair.
The researchers are trying to research the molecular origin of hair curliness because they say understanding the basic biology and physics might enable them to take an entirely new approach to hair straightening, curling and even hair color.