hair shirt

hair shirt


Definition of HAIR SHIRT

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

First Known Use of HAIR SHIRT

14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


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