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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.
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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.
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have someone by the short and curlies


have someone by the short hairs

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.
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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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But it characterizes all the different degrees of curliness of a hair and describes mathematically how the properties of the curl change along the arc length of a hair, he said.
But see also the 1862 letter of his friend Eugene Lefebure suggesting to Mallarme, in a comic vein, the "slight opposition" in the work, as well as in the curliness of the hair, between the two poets : "J'ai remarque une ressemblance curieuse entre votre portrait et celui de Tennyson, le doux Tennyson, dont la poesie, je crois, est un peu le contraire de la votre.
Beyonce Knowles takes her curly hair from sporty to sexy by glamming up braids and adjusting the curliness of her weaves and extensions.
I do think my portrait looks like me, although a few people said the artist didn't quite capture the curliness of my hair.
A You can't do anything much about the curliness of your pubic hair.
Spanish goats are mostly shorthaired, with occasional curliness being acceptable in individual animals.