make his hair curl
shock or horrify someone – informal
This expression may have developed in the mid 20th century as a dramatic or humorous variation of make someone's hair stand on end
RELATED IDIOMS :
curl the mo
win – Australian informal
out of curl
lacking energy – British
This is an early 20th-century expression based on the idea that curly hair has vitality (as in bouncy curls).
Therefore, hair which has become limp or out of curl may be thought to indicate listlessness or enervation.
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