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.
I felt that I ostracized myself by my behavior, by my 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 I did make such a mistake.
He deserves applause for typing his memoirs in a hair shirt, admitting what he got wrong, as well as right, as he confesses to the enduring pain of losing the 2010 election to David Cameron's Tory wreckers.
He deserves applause for typing his memoirs in a hair shirt, admitting what he got wrong and as well as right as he confesses the enduring pain of losing the 2010 election to David Cameron's Tory wreckers.
But the new package means he is hardly donning a hair shirt.
Marcos family donned the hair shirt of forgiveness?
Fifteen-year-old Jacob wears his adolescence like a hair shirt, in the hilarious YA romance For The Love Of Mary.
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.
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.
There is always an underlying toughness to the ride, many miles form a hair shirt but not quite the Jermyn Street cut of a Range Rover.