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    #1

    Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    Hello all users!

    In Polish, it is commom for people to say something like that: You are going to make me go bald or You are going to make me bald or Your conduct is going to make me thin on top.

    By the above-mentioned variants, I mean "I am going to go bald through that conduct of yours", "Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top".

    What is your opinion?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    Those aren't common expressions in the US. We sometimes say "pulling my/her/his hair out":

    - I don't know where he is. I've looked everywhere. I'm pulling my hair out!

    - This puzzle in impossible! I've been pulling my hair out trying to solve it.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    In BE, it's 'tearing my hair out'.

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    #4

    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In BE, it's 'tearing my hair out'.
    That's how I'd say it in AmE too.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    Yes. In the US, both are good and mean the same thing.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    I don't think the original idea was about tearing one's hair out, was it? I was assuming that the worry was making his hair fall out.

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    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    Like Raymott, I assumed that the suggestion was that the stress or worry caused by someone's behaviour was enough to make someone else's hair start to fall out.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I don't think the original idea was about tearing one's hair out, was it? I was assuming that the worry was making his hair fall out.
    Right. I said up front that we don't have that expression. Then I went on to describe another expression that's similar but doesn't mean the same thing.

    It's good that you're bringing this back to the original question. So again, Jacek, "thin on top" is meaningful in Polish but not in English.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #9

    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    'Thin on top' has meaning in English. It's just that we don't normally speak of going 'thin on top' or 'bald' in the situation Jacek asked about.

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    #10

    Re: Your conduct is going to leave me thin on top

    I think you could say I'm losing my hair/My hair's falling out because of you.

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