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hair shirt

noun

Definition of hair shirt

  1. 1 :  a shirt made of rough animal hair worn next to the skin as a penance

  2. 2 :  one that irritates like a hair shirt



Examples of hair shirt

  1. <the constant need to cut costs was a hair shirt, but one that the theater company had to live with>



14th Century

First Known Use of hair shirt

14th century


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