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gray hair

1. Literally, hair that has lightened to a grayish color, typically due to aging. I'm only 30—how do I have gray hair already?
2. By extension, negative or undesired physical effects (such as hair that has lightened) due to being exceedingly worried, stressed, or upset by or about something or someone. I'm getting gray hair from being around these screaming kids 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!
See also: gray, hair
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*gray hair(s)

 
1. Lit. a lightening of the hair caused by aging or hereditary factors. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ∼.) I get more gray hair the older I get. I guess my genes give me gray hair.
2. Fig. a lightening of the hair caused by stress or frustration. (*Typically: get ~ have ~ give someone ∼.) I'm getting gray hairs because I have three teenage boys. I have gray hair from raising four kids.
See also: gray, hair
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Threading its way out from among his grey hairs, and continuing right down one side of his tawny scorched face and neck, till it disappeared in his clothing, you saw a slender rod-like mark, lividly whitish.
"Well, yes, Master Marner," said Dolly, who sat with a placid listening face, now bordered by grey hairs; "I doubt it may.
He had even taken from his pocket a cupping apparatus, and was about to proceed to phlebotomy, when the object of his anxious solicitude suddenly revived; but it was to dash his cap from his head, and to throw dust on his grey hairs. The physician was at first inclined to ascribe this sudden and violent emotion to the effects of insanity; and, adhering to his original purpose, began once again to handle his implements.
Why should thy death bring down my grey hairs to the grave, till, in the bitterness of my heart, I curse God and die!''
Thus have I lived till the grey hairs of my old age; yet I can think of no serious fault committed.
It was the size of a man, but it seemed covered with a dull grey hair almost like a Skye-terrier.
His face came forward and peered at my nails, came forward into the light of the opening of the hut and I saw with a quivering disgust that it was like the face of neither man nor beast, but a mere shock of grey hair, with three shadowy over-archings to mark the eyes and mouth.
Getting your hair cut short, going outside in the dark and wearing a wig are among the ways Brits are hiding their grey hairs, it has emerged.
"She is a brunette with a (https://www.eonline.com/fr/news/626825/pregnant-kate-middleton-flashes-her-gray-hair-and-we-love-her-for-it) few grey hairs .
If you find yourself removing all your grey hairs, it is time to start colouring your hair.
Mona clearly has more pressing issues in her life to worry about that a few grey hairs on her head.
Charlie, 22, is more concerned about grey hairs that have started appearing.
It's not that long ago that chaps, distraught at seeing their first grey hairs, would buy Just For Men, the product range that allows them to treat hair, beards and moustaches.
'The age at which you find your first grey hairs is primarily due to your genes,' explains Keith Hobbs, clinical director of the Institute of Trichologists.