fright wig

fright wig

noun
a wig of wild, unruly hair, especially hair projecting outward in all directions, as worn by some clowns and comedians to give a comic effect of extreme fright or excitement.

Origin:
1925–30

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fright wig
 
n
a.  a wig with frizzy hair standing straight up from the surface
 b.  a hairstyle resembling this

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