Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hair n.

1. [mid-19C–1920s, 2010s] (also hare) pubic hair.

2. [mid-19C–1950s] a generic term for the female sex; thus hair-monger, a womanizer; plenty of hair, large numbers of women; put down some hair, of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

3. [mid-19C–1970s] (US) the scalp, as a trophy; usu. in phr. lift or raise hair.

4. [mid-19C+] (US) a curative drink for a hangover [abbr. hair of the dog (that bit one) n.].

5. [20C+] (Ulster) a hair-pulling fight between women.

6. in fig. uses.

(a) [1910s+] composure.

(b) [1950s+] (US campus) courage, masculine prowess [the image of the hairy-chested macho man; note 1960s US sports use show hair, for a sportsman to play aggressively and well].

7. see hair of the dog (that bit one) n.

In compounds

hairburger (n.)

[1970s–80s] (US) the female genitals.

hair court (n.)

[19C] the female pubic hair; thus the fountain in hair court, the vagina.

hair-divider (n.) (also hair-splitter)

[mid-19C+] the penis.

hair-monger (n.)

[late 19C] a womanizer.

hair pie (n.) (also hairy pie) [SE pie (which one can eat v. (4)), plus pun on SE hare pie; one of many sl. examples of equating sex with food]

1. [1930s+] (orig. US) cunnilingus.

2. [1950s+] (orig. US) the vagina.

3. [1970s] (US) the penis in the context of fellatio.

In phrases

after hair

[late 19C] in pursuit of a woman for sexual purposes.

bit of hair (n.)

[late 19C+] sexual intercourse; thus get/have a bit of hair.

get one’s hair cut (v.) [euph., with overtones of an adulterer’s excuse]

[late 19C] of a man, to visit a woman for the purpose of sexual intercourse.

get one’s hair off (v.) (also get one’s wool off)

[late 19C-1930s] (Aus.) to become angry.

hair out (v.)

[1990s+] to be fearful.

hair to sell

[late 19C] a phr. used of a woman who is willing to prostitute herself.

keep one’s hair on (v.)

see separate entry.

lose one’s hair (v.)

[1900s–30s] to lose one’s temper.

shall I put a bit of hair on it? (also ...around it?) [the hair in question would be female and pubic]

[20C+] directed at a workman who is failing to put something into something else.

take a turn in hair court (v.)

[19C] to have sexual intercourse.

up in one’s hair

[2000s] pestering, irritating.

SE in slang uses

In derivatives

hairless (adj.)

see separate entry.

In compounds

hairbag (n.) (US)

1. [1950s+] a veteran police officer.

2. [1970s+] an unpleasant, disgusting person.

hairball (n.) [SE hairball, a mass of hair found in the stomachs of various animals, e.g. a cat]

[1980s+] a general term of derision for a situation or person.

hairburner (n.) (also hair bender)

[1960s–80s] (US gay) a gay male hairdresser.

hair fairy (n.) [fairy n.1 (3)]

[1960s–70s] (US) an effeminate male homosexual, with long or styled hair.

hairpin (n.)

see separate entry.

hair-shifter (n.)

[1900s] (Aus.) a barber.

hair shirt (n.)

[1940s] (US teen) a prude.

In phrases

hair about the heels (also hairy about the heels, hairy at the heel, hairy in the fetlocks) [bloodstock use: the image is of a carthorse as compared to a racehorse]

[late 19C–1930s] (UK society) betraying one’s lower-class origins; of poor breeding, socially inferior.

hair of the dog (that bit one) (n.)

see separate entry.

hair of the same wolf (n.) [var. on hair of the dog (that bit one) n.]

[17C] a hangover cure that consists of drinking more of the alcohol that created the hangover.

hair on one’s chest (n.)

see separate entry.

hair across one’s ass (n.)

[1990s+] a nuisance, an irritant.

have a (wild) hair up one’s ass (v.) (also have a hair across one’s ass, one’s ass, ...up one’s prat) [1950s+]

1. to be in a bad temper, to be irritable or complaining.

2. to have an obsession; thus wild hair up one’s ass n., an obsession.

have hair on it (v.) [the way mould appears on ancient, rotting fruit or vegetables, but note SE hoary, white with age, musty and mouldy]

[20C+] of a joke or anecdote, to be old, to be out of date, no longer to be amusing or pertinent.