make (one's) hair stand on end(redirected from make their hair stand on end)
make (one's) hair stand on end
1. To scare or horrify one. The screams coming from the old, dark house made my hair stand on end. When we go camping, every little noise outside my tent makes my hair stand on end. It could be a bear, after all!
2. To give one goose bumps as a result of a strong emotional reaction. The speech she gave was incredible. It made everyone's hair stand on end! I won't lie, hearing my name on national television made my hair stand on end.
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make someone's hair stand on end
Fig. to cause someone to be very frightened. The horrible scream made my hair stand on end. The ghost story made our hair stand on end.
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make one's hair stand on end
Also, make one's hair curl. Terrify one, as in The very thought of an earthquake makes my hair stand on end, or Diving off a high board is enough to make my hair curl. The first term, first recorded in 1534, alludes to goose pimples prompted by fear, which cause the hairs around them to stand up. The variant dates from the mid-1900s.
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make your hair stand on end
If something makes your hair stand on end, it makes you very frightened or shocked. The first ten minutes of the film made my hair stand on end. Things happened that night that would make your hair stand on end. Note: When someone is very frightened, you can say that their hair stands on end. `What's that?' Chet's hair stood on end as an eerie howling came to his ears.
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make someone's hair stand on endalarm or horrify someone.
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make one's hair stand on end, to
To terrify. The Book of Job (4:14–15) states, “Fear came upon me . . . and the hair of my flesh stood up.” The allusion here is to the goose pimples aroused by fear (or cold), the raised bumps on the skin that cause the hairs around them to stand up. Centuries later this gave rise to the adjective hair-raising, a synonym for terrifying.
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