Idioms are common in all kinds of English, formal and informal, spoken and written. Here is a list of idioms derived from the word hair.
Make someone’s hair stand on end (terrify someone)
- The horror film really made my hair stand on end.
Curl someone’s hair (frighten or shock someone)
- The thought of having to live alone in a haunted bungalow curled my hair.
Get in someone’s hair (annoy someone; disturb someone by being near them for a long period)
- I should get something to keep the kids occupied so that they don’t get in my hair while I’m working.
Not a hair out of place (if you don’t have a hair out of place, your appearance is very tidy.)
- She turned up as immaculate as ever, not a hair out of place.
A hair’s breadth (a very small distance or amount)
- We shall not give up now – success is within a hair’s breadth.
Hair-raising (very frightening)
- Walking through the thick forest was a hair-raising experience.
Harm a hair on someone’s head (to hurt someone)
- He absolutely loves the girl. I can’t believe that he will harm a hair on her head.
Have a bad hair day (feel unattractive or unhappy all day; if a machine has a bad hair day it doesn’t work properly)
- My computer is having a bad hair day today – it just doesn’t work properly.
Let your hair down (relax and enjoy yourself without worrying what other people will think)
- Everybody should let their hair down once in a while.