- n plthe pubic hair(s). A euphemism in use since the 19th century. It is most often heard figuratively in phrases such as 'they've got us by the short hairs' (i.e. at their mercy, rendered helpless).
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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short hairs — the pubic hair Even though they may be more luxuriant than those on other parts of the body. The use is almost always in the figurative cliché: I think I ve got them by the short hairs. (Sharpe, 1974) The short and curlies is… … How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms
short hairs — /ʃɔt ˈhɛəz/ (say shawt hairz) Colloquial –plural noun 1. pubic hair. –phrase 2. have by the short hairs, to have at one s mercy. Also, short and curlies … Australian English dictionary
short hairs — noun Pubic hair. See Also: have someone by the short hairs … Wiktionary
short hairs — Slang. pubic hair. [1925 30] * * * … Universalium
short hairs — Slang. pubic hair. [1925 30] … Useful english dictionary
short hairs, have one by the — Have control over one. Have one at a disadvantage … A concise dictionary of English slang
have someone by the short hairs — tv. to ave 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 the short hairs — or (informal) by the short and curlies In a powerless position, at someone s mercy • • • Main Entry: ↑hair … Useful english dictionary
get someone by the short hairs — get (or have) someone by the short hairs (or Brit. short and curlies) informal have complete control of a person Origin: from military slang, referring to pubic hair … Useful english dictionary
have someone by the short hairs — verb To have someone in a difficult situation in which he or she is without alternatives and can be controlled. The Saudis know that as long as we consume 7 billion barrels per year (4 billion of them imported from abroad), they have us by the… … Wiktionary