English version

hair shirt

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Religion
hair shirtˌhair ˈshirt noun [countable]  RRa shirt made of rough uncomfortable cloth containing hair, worn in the past by some religious people to punish themselves
Examples from the Corpus
hair shirtThérèse did not possess a hair shirt, or a belt spiked with rusty nails, or a scourge.If Cleo represented a hair shirt, he would wear it, and withstand the chafing.Among penances approved by the Church were wearing a hair shirt which was prickly and uncomfortable, walking barefoot, and fasting.From her childhood she sacrificed and mortified herself and wore a hair shirt.And his hair shirt of guilt brought its perverse comfort again.So, after luxuriating in its hair shirt for a few days, the City would have sold sterling anyway.Under any circumstance, an official retraction is a terrible hair shirt.
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