hair-raising

[ hair-rey-zing ]SEE DEFINITION OF hair-raising

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAIR-RAISING

The way that Spot walked into those dogs and gave them what-for was hair-raising.

No one knew where he could have possibly heard the hair-raising phrase.

Piercing, hair-raising, unnatural as they were, Mr. Budlong recognized them.

It was a hair-raising coast, but we made the brink without a spill.

One fellow, I forget his name, has a most hair-raising theory.

It was a hair-raising proposition, but perhaps—just perhaps—not quite so suicidal as it looked.

The yells which accompanied it were hair-raising as the shrieks from a band of maniacs.

The curates of the town spoke of him in terms of hair-raising horror.

The air-ship zigzagged erratically on its course, and the long bag ducked upward and downward in a most hair-raising manner.

There had been a hair-raising ghost story that had sent a dozen home before the respectable time of departure.

WORD ORIGIN

"exciting," 1837, from hair + raise (v.). In 19c. works, sometimes as jocular mock-classical tricopherous.

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