he told Miss Magpie, under the promise of secrecy, that "the lion king had given him three hairs from the
fifth leg of the amoronthologosphorus, ... a beast that lives on the other side of the river Cylinx; it has
five legs, and on the fifth leg there are three hairs, and whoever has these three hairs will be young and
beautiful for ever." They had effect only on the fair sex, and could be given only to the lady whom the
donor married. (Sir E. B. Lytton: Pilgrims of the Rhine, xii.)
"If you should fight, you go against the hair of your professions." - Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, ii. 3.Hair-brained (See Air-Brained .)
Hair-breadth 'Scape A very narrow escape from some evil. In measurement the forty-eighth part of an
inch is called a "hair-breadth."
"Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances,Hair Eels These filiform worms belong to the species Gordius aquaticus, found in stagnant pools. Their resemblance to wriggling hairs has given rise to the not uncommon belief that a hair, if left in water for nine days, will turn into an eel.
"Nothing is more fatal to eloquence than attention to fine hair-splitting distinctions." - Mathews: Oratory and Orators, chap. ii. p. 36.Hair Stane (Celtic) means boundary stone; a monolith sometimes, but erroneously, termed a Druidical stone. (Scotland.)
Hair by Hair Hair by hair you will pull out the horse's tail. Plutarch says that Sertorius, in order to teach his soldiers that perseverance and wit are better than brute force, had two horses brought before them, and set two men to pull out their tails. One of the men was a burly Hercules, who tugged and tugged, but all to no purpose; the other was a sharp, weasen-faced tailor, who plucked one hair at a time, amidst roars of laughter, and soon left the tail quite bare.
Hair devoted to Proserpine Till a lock of hair is devoted to Proserpine, she refuses to release the soul
from the dying body. When Dido mounted the funeral pile, she lingered in suffering till Juno sent Iris to
cut off a lock of her hair. Thanatos did the same for Alcestis, when she gave her life for her husband.
And in all sacrifices a forelock was first cut off from the head of the victim as an offering to the black
"Hunc ego DitiHair of a Dissembling Colour Red hair is so-called, from the notion that Judas had red hair.
"Rosalind. His very hair is of the dissembling colour [red ].Hair of the Dog that Bit You (A). Similia similibus curantur. In Scotland it is a popular belief that a few hairs of the dog that bit you applied to the wound will prevent evil consequences. Applied to drinks, it means, if overnight you have indulged too freely, take a glass of the same wine next morning to soothe the nerves. "If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail in the morning."
"Take the hair, it's well written,
"There was a man, and he was wise,
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