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get (a bit/a little) hairy

slang Of a situation, to become stressful or unnerving. There's still a lot of tension between them because of the divorce, so things might get a bit hairy if we leave them alone with each other. Driving home is going to get hairy if they don't deal with all that ice on the road.
See also: bit, get, hairy

give (one) the hairy eyeball

To look at one in a way that shows wariness or displeasure. I gave Gina the hairy eyeball when I overheard her gossiping about my best friend.
See also: eyeball, give, hairy

hairy at the heel

Coarse and unsophisticated. Primarily heard in UK. Are you hairy at the heel? Don't call them at this late hour!
See also: hairy, heel

hairy molly

Primarily heard in Ireland.
1. Any large, fuzzy caterpillar. Don't freak out, but there's a hairy molly crawling on your backpack right now.
2. vulgar slang The female genitals. He just seems so lecherous—I bet he's after your hairy molly.
See also: hairy, molly

hairy situation

slang A stressful or unnerving situation. It's kind of a hairy situation—there's still a lot of tension between them because of the divorce. Look at all that ice on the road! Getting home is going to be a pretty hairy situation.
See also: hairy, situation

things are getting hairy

slang Something is becoming stressful or unnerving. Things are getting hairy in there. There's still a lot of tension between them because of the divorce. Look at all this snow that's coming down! Things will be getting hairy on the roads soon.
See also: get, hairy, thing
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give someone the hairy eyeball

stare at someone in a disapproving or angry way, especially with your eyelids partially lowered. North American informal
1992 Guy Vanderhaeghe Things As They Are The commissioner giving him the hairy eyeball all through the service didn't do anything for Reg's increasing bad humour either.
See also: eyeball, give, hairy, someone
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give somebody the hairy ˈeyeball

(American English, informal) look at somebody in a suspicious or disapproving way: When I say I’m into hunting, people either laugh or give me the hairy eyeball.
This refers to looking at somebody with your eyes slightly closed so that your eye is partly covered by your eyelashes.
See also: eyeball, give, hairy, somebody
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mod. hazardous; difficult. That was a hairy experience!
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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References in classic literature ?
A muscular hand shot out and grasped the hairy throat, and another plunged a keen hunting knife a dozen times into the broad breast.
He turned and saw her with the balu hugged close to her hairy breast, and put out his hands to take the little one, expecting that Teeka would bare her fangs and spring upon him; but instead she placed the balu in his arms, and coming nearer, licked his frightful wounds.
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HAIRY Biker Dave Myers is set to ride into the 2019 Southport Flower Show.
NATIONAL Treasures Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers have announced a huge nationwide tour for 2019 taking in over 37 dates between February and April.
THEY are proud North East lads and the Hairy Bikers will play TWO venues in the region on their new tour which will cook up a storm all over the UK.
The Caatinga biome has various spontaneous species with potential for use in green manuring, including hairy woodrose (Merremia aegyptia L.) (Silva et al., 2011).
Two tiny screaming hairy armadillos became the first of their species to be born at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
Therefore, hairy root culture has been developed as a more efficient alternative biotechnological technology for secondary metabolite synthesis, regardless of environmental, seasonal, and climatic variations [11, 12].
But while my feet appear to be getting bigger and my hairy aspect flourishes, I seem to be shrinking with age and have begun to worry that I'm going to end up as a hairy gonk with clown shoes.
Global Markets Direct's, 'Hairy Cell Leukemia - Pipeline Review, H1 2016', provides an overview of the Hairy Cell Leukemia pipeline landscape.
Shame on all the superficial no-marks who insulted Leonardo DiCaprio's mum after a 1976 family photo, posted online, showed her with hairy armpits.
[USPRwire, Fri Aug 07 2015] Global Markets Direct's, 'Hairy Cell Leukemia - Pipeline Review, H1 2015', provides an overview of the Hairy Cell Leukemia's therapeutic pipeline.