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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The king waited for three days outside the gates of Canossa, fasting and wearing the hair shirt, until the pope agreed to open the gate.
Since a lot of Americans see eating as a 'fueling up the tank' operation, many see eating well as a hair shirt," says Harriman.
So the low-fat diet has been the hair shirt under the fur coat--the daily deprivation that offsets the endless greed.
Morse, on the other hand, has recently been released from jail but still carries his crippling (and self-absorbed) guilt like a hair shirt.
He wore a hair shirt, fasted, and spent time daily in solitary prayer.
More is dressed in regal garb, yet around his neck can be seen the whiteness of a hair shirt worn underneath.
Maybe then the long-sleeved pullover - the hair shirt that is T.
Some of the most effective directors I have known seem to wear a figurative hair shirt, They ask difficult and sometimes embarrassing questions, They challenge the validity of long-held assure options, question the continuance of sacred cows, and reject the popular answer, "because we've always done it this way.
Its use of exposed concrete and crude system building is positively hair shirt, and has not pleased everyone over the years.
The story goes that after Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, the penitential hair shirt he never removed was found to be swarming with lice.
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Why was it OK for you to eat sugar, but you expect Jesse to eat hair shirt snacks?