To be out of somebody’s hair

out of your hair phrase meaning

Photo credit: Francesco Bongiorni

Today I was expecting a gentleman from the letting agency to come with what he called ‘routine inspection’. He was rather punctual, asked permission to take a few photos to show our pernickety landlord and promised to be ‘out of my hair in a minute‘. I didn’t mind in the slightest, especially now that I’ve learnt a new phrase from him (though I did immediately start thinking whether I should have made more of an effort when tidying up).

If you want ‘to be  out of somebody’s hair‘ it means you don’t want to trouble or annoy them.

– Keep the kids entertained and out of your hair this half-term (The Guardian).

– Demanding partners and troublesome exes are almost out of your hair. If you’re single, there’s lots more action to come  (The Guardian). This is from a horoscope. Did Guardian actually do horoscopes? Oh my!

– Find more helpful hints on how to keep the kids busy and out of your hair at my at my blog (Pinterest).

– 52 Things to Keep Your Husband Out of Your Hair When He Retires (that’s the name of a book).

So, it seems that the people you are most likely to want out of your hair are your loved ones – children and husbands… there’s some food for thought.

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