hair shirt


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hair shirt

n.
A coarse haircloth garment worn next to the skin as an act of religious asceticism or penance.

hair shirt

n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a shirt made of haircloth worn next to the skin as a penance
2. a secret trouble or affliction

hair′ shirt′


n.
a garment of coarse haircloth, worn next to the skin as a penance.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hair shirt - an uncomfortable shirt made of coarse animal hair; worn next to the skin as a penance
shirt - a garment worn on the upper half of the body
References in classic literature ?
In her little bit of a kitchen she did her own cooking; she wore a hair shirt next the skin, and castigated herself with whips--these aids to grace are exhibited there yet.
Is he supposed to wear sack cloth now and a hair shirt and beat himself with a stick every day?
St Dyfnog was a 6th-century saint who did penance by standing under the waterfall in a hair shirt, belted with an iron chain, and the water which flows through it is said to owe its healing properties to his virtues.
This despite years of hair shirt cars to induce a guilty itch that we dared not to take the train, ride a bike or indeed stay at home worrying about the fate of badgers.
Instead of wearing the hair shirt about comedian Reginald D Hunter's controversial routine at their annual awards night, they should have been making po-faced statements about the quality of the Reading v QPR match at the Madejski.
The hair shirt stuff, the Stafford Cripps agenda - that is not the way to get Britain motoring again," he said.
And so we have Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who put on his open-necked hair shirt to admit that his party had broken its election promises on tuition fees, if only in a desperate attempt to save his own skin.
He was an ascetic who wore a hair shirt and never ate meat.
I felt that I ostracised myself by my behaviour, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake?
She added: "I felt that I ostracised myself by my behaviour, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting: why did I make such a mistake?
Mr Hester, below, was wearing his hair shirt, expressing contrition for the terrible mess we're in due to his industry's financial madness - and surely, shouldn't it be his predecessor, one of the UK's richest pensioners, Sir Fred Goodwin, who should be touring the country taking the flak anyway?
He crossed the snow-covered Alps barefoot, wearing a penitent monkAEs hair shirt, and reached the North-Italian fortress in which a vicar had found refuge.