pull one's hair out

variants: or tear one's hair out

Definition of pull one's hair out

informal
:to be very worried or upset about something
  • We've been tearing our hair out trying to decide what to do.

Word by Word Definitions

hair play
  1. : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal

  2. : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part

  3. : haircloth

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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