hair shirt

noun

Definition of hair shirt 

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

2 : one that irritates like a hair shirt

Examples of hair shirt in a Sentence

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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