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 ?
The king parted his hair with his hands, and looking at the block he said:
He would have liked to lay his head on her shoulder and sob, while she parted his hair with her fingers and soothed him and said:
He had only been a month in France when he took part in the attack on the RWF Crater: in the rush across no-man's-land a bullet went through his steel helmet and parted his hair on the top of his head, knocking him unconscious.
Jesus was wearing loose clothing and parted his hair down the middle.
"But before you go, and so that the reconstruction is accurate, perhaps you can tell me on which side he parted his hair?"
The post-mortems reflect the global reach of a site that placed a premium on issues such as accuracy, context, and slant rather than worrying about the side on which Sam Donaldson parted his hair.
Two rounds entered his back and a third parted his hair coming within a millimetre of breaking his skull.
BBC1, 9.30pm FACTUAL Fine and Dandy comics EX-S - CARRY ON COMICS: As the world's best-loved comics, The Dandy and The Beano, celebrate their 60th birthdays, this tribute recalls when Desperate Dan didn't just eat cow pies, he smoked dustbins, ate endangered species and parted his hair with a pistol.