part (one's) hair

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part (one's) hair

1. To comb or brush one's hair into two discernible sections, leaving a single clear division between them. I always used to part my hair straight down the middle, until someone in school said I looked like a dork. Why did you start parting your hair on the right like that?
2. To travel extremely close to one's head while passing by overheard. The bullet may have parted my hair, but it didn't leave so much as a scratch on me. The bird came diving toward me from the air, then parted my head as it flew past to snatch the food from Mary's hand.
3. Of a sound, to be extremely loud, forceful, or percussive. The flautist finished on an incredible high note that parted the hair of everyone in the audience. The blast parted our hair, but beyond that it didn't cause any harm.
See also: hair, part

part someone's hair

 
1. Lit. to divide someone's hair into separate sections while combing it. The barber asked me where I parted my hair.
2. Fig. to come very close to someone. (Usually an exaggeration.) That plane flew so low that it nearly parted my hair. He punched at me and missed. He only parted my hair.
See also: hair, part
References in classic literature ?
This seemed as natural to Newland Archer as all the other conventions on which his life was moulded: such as the duty of using two silver- backed brushes with his monogram in blue enamel to part his hair, and of never appearing in society without a flower (preferably a gardenia) in his buttonhole.
He is, as narrator Maggie puts it, "a man who couldn't part his hair differently without people demanding a press conference to fawn over him for it." And now he's at The Shamrock on what turns out to be the last night of his glamorous life.
Mr Biber offered to give the former Conservative MP a trim after telling him not to part his hair.
AS David Cameron made the wretched plane journey back from Tuscany last week, there must have been as many thoughts flashing through his mind as there were horses bolting across his blazing kingdom; which angry face to pull, whether to mix it up with the look of concern that polls so well on the election circuit, what tough-talk tone to use, which side to part his hair.
David O'Leary is 2-1 favourite to part company with Aston Villa, but 500-1 to part his hair a different way.
More than halfway through their European tour, they sounded like a tight, relaxed and funny unit, with Ian even asking the crowd which side they though he should part his hair. Whatever he was doing was working - the crowd would scream at the slightest movement near the front of the stage.