have by the short hairs

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have (so) by the short hairs definition

  1. tv.
    to have someone in an awkward position; to have dominated someone. (This refers to the shorter pubic hairs. Sometime euphemized to neck hairs.) : They've got me by the short hairs. There's nothing I can do.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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