have gray hair

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have gray hair

1. Literally, to have 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, to experience negative or undesired physical effects (such as having gray hair) from being exceedingly worried, stressed, or upset by or about something or someone. I'm going to have gray hair after being around these screaming kids all day long. I'm going to have gray hair from my teenage daughter and all her wild behavior. I'm going to have gray hair from dealing with this stupid car breaking down all the time!
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Out of total 398 subjects, 317 (79.6%) had gray hair among whom 172 (54.3%) reported that the onset of gray hair was at less than 30 years of age.
Out of total 398 subjects, 317 (79.6%) had gray hair and 81 (20.4%) did not have gray hair.
In August, 2002, during a study of the treatment of leukemia patients with a drug named Gleevec, a team of French doctors, headed by Gabriel Etienne of the Universite Victor Segalen in Bordeaux, made the surprising discovery that several of the study participants who had gray hair at the outset of the trial, had their original hair color partially restored during the course of therapy.