Hair Shirt


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Hair Shirt

An informal term for an austerity measure. The term derives from shirts made of animal hair that religious figures have worn as a sign of penance. Austerity measures are adopted to make up for (or even to do penance for) excessive government debt.
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Contrary to the German king, Bibi I did not walk barefoot in the snow, did not exchange his expensive suit for a hair shirt and did not forgo his sumptuous meals.
Its use of exposed concrete and crude system building is positively hair shirt, and has not pleased everyone over the years.
The tramp's voice is the hair shirt of the unbeautiful worn hidden beneath the beautiful.
There is always an underlying toughness to the ride, many miles form a hair shirt but not quite the Jermyn Street cut of a Range Rover.
Perish the thought, comrade, we're not here for self-aggrandisement - though for me he seems to wear that self-imposed hair shirt rather too comfortably.
It also comes after politicians attempt to work together to plan for December's hair shirt Budget failed miserably just days ago.
But yesterday was the day the Bank sent its hair shirt to the laundry, so why spoil the fun?
So can we move on - because you're never going to see Ross swapping those lairy suits for a hair shirt.
So, as I prepare for a new life of finger-pointing rather than repenting, I'll don the Feedback office hair shirt in preparation of my weekly self flag ellation.
I see the insults as the wearing of a hair shirt, a brief moment of fashion torment before that wonderful fashion baptism
He was "wholly a courtier" (183), but one who once longed to be a monk, who memorized the Imitation of Christ, and secretly wore beneath the rich robes Holbein paints him in as Lord Chancellor, a painful hair shirt, first donned at eighteen as a cure for what he deemed unbridled sexuality.
Just off to put on my hair shirt before I change the DVD.