Brush, Comb, Curl and Hair Idioms
|go over something with a fine-tooth comb||examine something in detail||The teacher went over our homework with a fine-tooth comb but found no errors.|
|curl somebody’s hair||frighten somebody||Please don’t sneak up on me like that again, you curled my hair.|
|have a bad hair day||have a bad day||– What’s wrong with Alex?
– Nothing, he’s just having a bad hair day.
|hair-raising||very scary||The drive down the icy mountain was a hair-raising experience.|
|pull/ tear your hair out||be very concerned about something||He’s been tearing his hair out about the English exam. He thinks he’s going to fail.|
|split hairs||argue over small unimportant details||Is there really such a difference between iPhone and Android or are you just splitting hairs.|
|give the brush-off||not talk to or be unpleasant to someone||Marnie gave me the brush-off today. I must have offended her or something.|
Phrasal Verbs – Brush
|brush something off||dismiss something without considering it||Even though he knew she was right, he brushed off her comments. He didn’t want to think about that now.|
|brush with something||experience or almost experience something (often unpleasant)||Jill had a brush with death when she was hit by a car last year.|
|brush up on something||improve you knowledge of something||I’m doing a course to brush up on my French.|