[hair-rey-zing] /ˈhɛərˌreɪ zɪŋ/

terrifying or horrifying:
We had a hair-raising brush with death.
inspiring horror; terrifying: a hair-raising drop of 600 feet

“exciting,” 1837, from hair + raise (v.). In 19c. works, sometimes as jocular mock-classical tricopherous.


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