Definitions

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  • adj. self-sacrificing or austere

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Examples

  • Hard to believe an outgoing PM would do that, but Brown – still not seen in the Commons chamber, I'm sorry to report – is a strange hair-shirted fellow who might have cut his own pay for masochistic – do I mean Presbyterian?

    David Cameron shows again that he 'gets it'

  • It always helps if you can find a reason to not be hair-shirted about it.

    10:10 – progress on our pledges

  • Nor are we calling for ‘hair-shirted denial’, merely that it be demonstrated that money is being spent properly and that all is open and above board.

    Tories Ceauşescu Moment?

  • But this should not mean hair-shirted self-denial, where MPs who do not employ staff and pride themselves on low expenses, such as the Tory Philip Hollobone, are applauded by naive antipolitician populists.

    Tories Ceauşescu Moment?

  • It was the kind of bonkers, hair-shirted remark (in an otherwise very good speech) which taints the environmental movement.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • All other visions were absent in the hair-shirted, and self-scourgings brought out nothing but sexual idealities, sensual temptations.

    Ninon de L'Enclos the Celebrated Beauty of the 17th Century

  • Voluptuousness: unto all hair-shirted despisers of the body, a sting and stake; and, cursed as "the world," by all backworldsmen: for it mocketh and befooleth all erring, misinferring teachers.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

  • But alas, for the hair-shirted old dominie's backsliding disciples.

    Mardi: and A Voyage Thither, Vol. I (of 2)

  • Hard to believe an outgoing PM would do that, but Brown - still not seen in the Commons chamber, I'm sorry to report - is a strange hair-shirted fellow who might have cut his own pay for masochistic - do I mean Presbyterian?

    The Guardian World News

  • I do not pose the question out of malice, let alone to annoy hair-shirted Robespierres among the readership, but because the reaction against the petty greed displayed by some MPs over their expenses has unleashed "reforms" that will make it unattractive for many people to enter politics.

    Blogposts | guardian.co.uk

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