make someone's hair curl

make (one's) hair curl

To cause someone an acute feeling of shame, embarrassment, or anguish. Her story about the disastrous wedding made everyone's hair curl. The thought of having to give her presentation in front of an audience made her hair curl.
See also: curl, hair, make

make someone's hair curl

shock or horrify someone. informal
This expression may have developed in the mid 20th century as a dramatic or humorous variation of make someone's hair stand on end (see hair).
See also: curl, hair, make
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