from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal One that causes wild excitement, terror, or thrills.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. excitation that makes your hair stand up or that chills your bones


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  • And now I'll tell you a hair-raiser myself, though I'm like a jackass on a slippery pavement compared to him.


  • He also scored hits with the gospel-fueled hair-raiser "Will It Go Round In Circles" and the jaunty "Nothing from Nothing" (listen carefully and you'll hear a banjo burbling under that horn section).

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  • The original sci-fi hair-raiser, published over 100 years ago.

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  • "Oh, I guess it isn't a hair-raiser," said Marion easily.

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  • And he was a hair-raiser of quality ... everything about him.

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  • "That was a regular hair-raiser, as the fellow said when he finished the blood-and-thunder story."

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  • Tom laughingly admitted that it was a "hair-raiser" and John continued:

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  • That panther story was a veritable hair-raiser; and we were never tired of hearing the old man tell it.

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  • The hair-raiser that led to a raise … Oren Peli, pictured presenting his film Paranormal Activity in Madrid, is getting a much bigger pay packet for his new film.

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