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hair-raising

[hair-rey-zing] /ˈhɛərˌreɪ zɪŋ/
adjective
1.
terrifying or horrifying:
We had a hair-raising brush with death.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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  • It is hair-raising rather than touching, and when one has heard it one is glad that it is over rather than deeply moved.
  • Scientists tell hair-raising tales about encounters.
  • Watkins's route follows razor-thin ridges, hair-raising paths, and vertigo-inducing drops.
British Dictionary definitions for hair-raising

hair-raising

adjective
1.
inspiring horror; terrifying: a hair-raising drop of 600 feet
Derived Forms
hair-raiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hair-raising
adj.

"exciting," 1837, from hair + raise (v.). In 19c. works, sometimes as jocular mock-classical tricopherous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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