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.
Most expressions suggested that a hair shirt was concealed beneath their finery.
And it will be innovation that will solve the climate problem, rather than wearing a hair shirt.
Don't go thinking the tiddler newly installed under the bonnet means a hair shirt existence.
He added: "Of course I have regrets, but you can't go round wearing a hair shirt all your life, otherwise you'll never get out of bed in the morning.
"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 and as well as right as he confesses 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, as well as right, as he confesses to 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.
Even the International Monetary Fund, a long-time advocate of "hair shirt" economics, is warming to the subject.