hair-raising

[hair-rey-zing]
adjective
terrifying or horrifying: We had a hair-raising brush with death.

Origin:
1895–1900

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hair-raising
 
adj
inspiring horror; terrifying: a hair-raising drop of 600 feet
 
'hair-raiser
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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