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hair-raising (adj.)

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

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of hair-raising from WordNet

hair-raising (adj.)
extremely alarming;
Synonyms: bloodcurdling / nightmarish
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