hair shirt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hair shirt an uncomfortable shirt made of coarse animal hair; worn next to the skin as a penance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hair shirt a shirt, or a band for the loins, made of horsehair, and worn as a penance.
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Usage

In literature:

The glossy haired one was putting links in the sleeves of a shirt.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
He had nothing on but a shirt and pair of trowsers; his hair was matted, his face haggard, his eyes sunken.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
I suppose they keep all their hair shirts for their own private use.
"The Green Carnation" by Robert Smythe Hichens
His shirt was in ribbons, and his hair was matted to his head.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
Talk of hair-cloth shirts, and scourgings, and sleeping on ashes, as means of saintship!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
The bride, elegantly attired, was thought lovely by every one, and was looked upon as a good exchange for the hair shirt and the scourge.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
As a young man he wore a hair shirt and an iron chain next the skin.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
His hair was long and wavy; so was his nose, and his throat, and his shirt-collar.
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
One of the men was old, grey-haired, and large of girth, with a huge expanse of snowy shirt, and a head guiltless of hair.
"The House by the Lock" by C. N. Williamson
He straightened his shirt as Scotty hauled him in again, and looked at the dark-haired boy accusingly.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
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In poetry:

In vain the penance strange and long,
And hard for flesh to bear;
The prayer, the fasting, and the thong,
And sackcloth shirt of hair.
"The Knight of St. John" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There were men from the mountains and ‘Dead Man’s Gulch’
Their red shirts and knives you could swear on
There were men with carbuncles and bristling beards
There were ‘Bush’ men - and men with no hair on.
"The Gambler" by Billy Bennett

In news:

He's traded in his lab coat for a collared shirt, and peppered silver hair is the only indication that the Japanese man grinning toward the hostess could be a day over sixty.
MARIETTA — The prosecution's final witness in the Waseem Daker murder trial told jurors that a hair found under Karmen Smith's shirt on her lifeless body was matched by nuclear DNA to Daker .
That means donning your finest hair shirt, showing up, and, most important, forgiving his family for their unwillingness to forgive you.
Victoria May's 'Hair Shirt' is woven with real human hair.
More accurately, I remember the first time I saw Ann-Margret dance, with her bed-tossed hair, those tight black leggings just hinting at sheer, and that bright red shirt rippling and wrinkling like a state flag flying in a hurricane.
Some fashion week models are wearing T-shirts backstage that tout Angelina Jolie's Global Action for Children to attract attention to the cause as they get their pre-show hair and makeup done.
Hoogland was wearing jeans, a t-shirt and dress shoes and has a mullet hair style, which he has had for ten years.
With his crisp button down shirt, pleated dress pants and neatly swept- back gray hair, the Rev.
Just behind a contingent carrying massive wooden crosses were three kids in full punk regalia: T-shirts ripped, Doc Martens painted and scuffed, hair dyed and spiked.
One Executive's Views On Custom Shirts and Chest Hair.
I cut my own hair and am comfortable wearing t-shirts to work.
Lady Gaga greeted the crowd wearing jeans and a T-shirt and long red hair as she entered the stadium.
A man made of medium-done steak, wearing a suit made of bacon, a shirt of twice-baked potatoes and hair of mustard.
"We nationalists are going to found a new country," said Mr Humala, a wiry man with close-cropped hair who campaigns in a red T-shirt that says "Love for Peru.".
"Now, here's a dichotomy," says Wood, wearing a bright pink shirt and khaki shorts, as the wind blows back his hair on a recent Saturday.
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