hair-shirt

hair shirt

noun
1.
a garment of coarse haircloth, worn next to the skin as a penance by ascetics and penitents.
2.
self-imposed punishment, suffering, sacrifice, or penance.

Origin:
1350–1400; cf. hair

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hair shirt
 
n
1.  a shirt made of haircloth worn next to the skin as a penance
2.  a secret trouble or affliction

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