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    Post Idioms

    I let my hair down.

    I'm tearing my hair out.

    I'm pulling my hair.

    Would you please give specific examples when to say the above idioms.

    Is there any differences between tearing my hair out and pulling my hair?


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    Re: Idioms

    "To let your hair down" is "to behave in an unaccustomedly uninhibited way", especially in the context of a party or social gathering, e.g.

    1. Melissa really let her hair down at Gabriella's party last night.

    "To tear your hair out about/over something" is "to be exasperated by some aspect of (doing) something", e.g.

    2. I'm tearing my hair out over the macros in this Access database.

    "To pull someone's hair" is usually a literal statement; thus children might pull each other's hair while fighting or otherwise tormenting each other, e.g.

    3. Nerine! Stop pulling Daisy's hair.

    Sometimes you hear "To pull your hair out" in the same sense as #2, however.

    Best wishes,


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