hair shirt


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an uncomfortable shirt made of coarse animal hair

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I felt that I ostracised myself by my behaviour, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting why did I make such a mistake?
She added: "I felt that I ostracised myself by my behaviour, by the past, by living with all the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting: why did I make such a mistake?
Mr Hester, below, was wearing his hair shirt, expressing contrition for the terrible mess we're in due to his industry's financial madness - and surely, shouldn't it be his predecessor, one of the UK's richest pensioners, Sir Fred Goodwin, who should be touring the country taking the flak anyway?
He crossed the snow-covered Alps barefoot, wearing a penitent monkAEs hair shirt, and reached the North-Italian fortress in which a vicar had found refuge.
He crossed the snow-covered Alps barefoot, wearing a penitent monk's hair shirt, and reached the North-Italian fortress in which the Vicar of God had found refuge.
And he said that we shouldn't have a hair shirt mentality where we were against the good things of life - we should have a heroic mindset where we went out to try to make the most of life.
You could practically hear the flagellation, feel the hair shirt.
DRESSED as I am in a hair shirt, it's most appropriate I start off with an apology.
So can we move on - because you're never going to see Ross swapping those lairy suits for a hair shirt.
I can't bring myself to wear a hair shirt - yes, they do exist).
I expect Hugo's ghost will be there to help me on with my hair shirt.
But nor should we allow the agitations of shareholders, amplified by certain of our colleagues discountenanced at the performance of their stock options, to force us into a hair shirt, the corporate equivalent of sackcloth and ashes.
Only when Marie Deslandes fainted one day did her daughter, Madeleine de Lamoignon, discover that her mother, whom she had accompanied on charitable rounds for many years, regularly wore a hair shirt and constricting iron bands to mortify her flesh.
There's a danger that the final report of the task force working on Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy's Sustainable Business Initiative will be read as directions for draping the city of Eugene with a hair shirt of green virtue.
In the extreme, the insult to the body via self-flagellation or the hair shirt releases endorphins and produces ecstasy.