get gray hair from (someone or something)

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get gray hair from (someone or something)

To be exceedingly worried, stressed, or upset by or about something or someone. I'm getting gray hair from these kids screaming all day long. I'm going to get gray hair from my teenage daughter and all her wild behavior. I'm going to get gray hair from dealing with this stupid car breaking down all the time!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

get gray hair from

Be very worried or upset by. For example, I know I'm going to get gray hair from his driving. Similarly, give gray hair to means "to worry someone," as in The boy's love of rock climbing gave his parents gray hair. This idiom alludes to the notion that extreme anxiety or grief can cause one's hair to turn gray. [Early 1600s]
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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.
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Furthermore, if innate immune signaling is artificially activated in mice that are predisposed to getting gray hair, increased numbers of gray hairs are also produced.
Second, most of those who know how to sell life insurance products are getting gray hair. With the demise of life insurance company-sponsored sales training programs, the new recruits in the financial-services field have little or no serious life insurance education.
Then I started getting gray hairs. I wanted them gone.