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curl someone's hair

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To shock or appall •A somewhat earlier sense is ''to injure; batter'': The prices here will curl your hair

[1940s+; fr a supposed reaction to intense fear]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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