For award-winning, internationally-acclaimed author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). By Anthony Lawton: godson, cousin & literary executor. Rosemary Sutcliff wrote historical fiction, children's literature and books, films, TV & radio, including The Eagle of the Ninth, Sword at Sunset, Song for a Dark Queen, The Mark of the Horse Lord, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Blue Remembered Hills.
The old expression ‘Let one’s back hair down’ became ‘Let one’s hair down’. ‘Back hair’ was the common 19th century phrase for the long hair at the back of a woman’s head. Unpinning it and releasing the weight was a way of making yourself comfortable in informal situations. (From commenter Anne).
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That’s a lovely old-fashioned expression. In case anyone’s wondering, the direct precursor of ‘Let one’s hair down’ was ‘Let one’s back hair down’. “Back Hair” was the common 19th century expression for the long hair at the back of a woman’s head. Unpinning it and releasing the weight was a way of making yourself comfortable in informal situations.
Thanks. I had wondered. Until your post, I had thought perhaps it signalled only ‘letting your hair down’ in a limited way, with limits on how relaxed you got, what you talked about.