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n. Informal
One that causes wild excitement, terror, or thrills.
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a hair-raising story, experience, etc.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones; "the movie was an old-fashioned hair-raiser"
excitation, excitement - something that agitates and arouses; "he looked forward to the excitements of the day"
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References in classic literature ?
I mean a real rip-snorter hair-raiser. I tell you-all she's in the air and hell-bent for election.
HAIR-RAISER Luiz is toast of team-mates after hitting the clincher
It could've been a chilling, thrilling hair-raiser, but it quickly wears thin, staying within the confines of a worn-out and extremely predictable horror formula.
HAIR-RAISER: Johnston has proved not just a character but a top golfer
"Aba, when they get back home, they will produce a tarp announcing their victory, their clients will grow in number, and they will most likely charge a bit more for their services," said "Mother." At the closing ceremonies, he invited APHCA's 19 country leaders to "get ready for Manila next year, our 20th anniversary!" And that's going to be a real hair-raiser.
Joanne Berry, travel lawyer, Slater and Gordon March hair-raiser REGARDLESS of the rights or wrongs of the free speech issues of last Saturday's cancelled march, surely the threats made prior to that should have had a bearing on the decision to let any group "march".
This is one of the themes of his new hair-raiser, Revival.
Hill, this suspenseful hair-raiser allows the readers to explore a twisted future where corporations replace governments and humans are an expendable commodity.
The show features an eclectic mix of magicians, from gothic hair-raiser Sperry and world-class escapologist Andrew Basso to mind-bending mentalist Philip Escoffey and magic inventor Kevin James, who seems to be channelling Sonic the Hedgehog villain Dr Robotnik.
Perhaps a hair-raiser fundraiser, a hirsute pursuit?
* HAIR-RAISER: Stage Manager Chris Brearley with wigs for the show (JH130411Copera-01)
Spooks is on BBC1 Wales, tomorrow at 9pm BOYD'S HAIR-RAISER ACTOR Boyd Clack has had to shave off his trademark beard for a role in the latest Pirates of the Caribbean blockbuster.