Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) and interesting (to us, again) words we encountered in our readings. See this week round-up at BermudaOnion’s blog!
This week I read Uderzo’s and Goscinny’s first Asterix book, Asterix The Gaul, in French, and there is this scene where Asterix and the Druid Getafix make fun of the Romans, who are plagued by rapidly-growing hair, by using as many hair-related idioms as possible.
There are some idioms that I did know, there, but I decided to look up all of them. If you know of other idioms and phrases linked with hair and beards, please share them in the comments!
To split hairs: to argue about very small differences or unimportant details
*This definition comes from the Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms via TheFreeDictionary
Keep your hair on: Brit. informal stay calm.
To bristle: to be covered with or abundant in.
A hair of the dog: A small measure of drink, intended to cure a hangover.
*This definition comes ThePhraseFinder, which also gives an explanation as to the idiom’s origin and meaning
To beard someone: boldly confront or challenge (someone formidable).
(All definitions are taken from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 via WordReference.com unless otherwise stated.)