Get someone by the short hairs

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have someone by the short hairs

verb phrase

To have complete control over a person; have a painful advantage: We’ve got them where the hair is short, and they can’t squirm out ( first form 1872+, second 1888+)

verb phrase

To have someone in a painful and helpless situation; have absolute control over; HAVE someone BY THE BALLS: When life gets you by the short hairs, it doesn’t let go/ Someone nasty and ruthless has him by the short hairs/ You’re in no position to make deals. We got you by the curlies/ We’ve got him by the knickers and he’s hurting

[1891+; fr the short hairs growing on the scrotum]


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