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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 (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 the mo

To do something very successfully; to achieve superior results. Primarily heard in Australia. Wow, that runner sure curled the mo today. She won the race in record time!
See also: curl, Mo

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

Used hyperbolically or humorously to emphasize one's extreme embarrassment. If I don't get asked to the prom, I'll be the laughing stock of the whole school. I might as well just curl up and die! When everyone started laughing at me on stage, I thought I would curl up and die.
See also: and, curl, die, up

curl up with a (good) book

To make oneself cozy and comfortable while reading a book. A cold, rainy night like this just makes me want to stay home and curl up with a good book.
See also: book, curl, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

curl the mo

succeed brilliantly; win. Australian informal
See also: curl, Mo
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

curl up and die

verb
See also: and, curl, die, up
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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