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Definition of short and curlies

short and curlies

  • pubic hair, usually male.
    You got me by the short and curlies.

    Last edited on May 18 2011. Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 12 1998.

  • noun Pubic hair or the pubic region.
    OW! I got kicked in the short 'n curlies!

    Last edited on Oct 14 1998. Submitted by Bryan A. from Mesa, AZ, USA on Oct 14 1998.


  • Figurative reference to the method used by parents to force compliance of a child or adolescent. Erroneously believed to refer to pubic hair. Historic references in literature this expression to describe someone trapped by an inarguable fact or proposition and forced to concede, the way parents enforce compliance even from a willfully disobedient child by clamping a lock of this fine, short and often curly hair between their thumb and forefinger and lifting.
    When the officer reminded me that writing me up for disorderly conduct would violate my parole, he had me by the short and curlies. I didn't dare protest further but remained silent while he continued to lecture me as if I were a child.

    Last edited on Jul 15 2014. Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 15 2014.

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