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get someone by the short hairs

Slang definitions & phrases for get someone by the short hairs

get someone by the short hairs

get someone where the hair is short

verb phrase

To have complete control over a person; have a painful advantage: We've got them where the hair is short, and they can't squirm out ( first form 1872+, second 1888+)

have someone by the short hairs

verb phrase

To have someone in a painful and helpless situation; have absolute control over; HAVE someone BY THE BALLS: When life gets you by the short hairs, it doesn't let go/ Someone nasty and ruthless has him by the short hairs/ You're in no position to make deals. We got you by the curlies/ We've got him by the knickers and he's hurting

[1891+; fr the short hairs growing on the scrotum]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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