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1The skin covering the head, excluding the face.
- ‘The natural process of sloughing off old skin cells on the scalp and manufacturing replacements is usually very orderly and complete.’
- ‘Sometimes, this fungus can cause our scalps to shed skin cells too quickly.’
- ‘On physical examination, no clinically atypical or suspicious nevi were observed on the skin or scalp.’
- ‘Dandruff of the scalp and flaking skin in the auditory canals are also common.’
- ‘It's normal for your scalp's skin cells to grow old, die and shed.’
- ‘Using his fingertips to tickle my skin and massage my scalp, he opened up my playful side within a few minutes.’
- ‘Dandruff is characterised by small, loose flakes of dead skin on the scalp or trapped in the hair.’
- ‘But your scalp needs to be cared for just like the skin on the rest of your body.’
- ‘Brush her scalp thoroughly but gently, working out from the scalp to the ends of the hair.’
- ‘His brown shoulder length hair was thinning at the scalp and his skin seemed pale and sickly in garish torchlight.’
- ‘Not only will you walk away with clean and clear skin and a massaged scalp, but you'll also learn proper shaving techniques.’
- ‘Have the temperature changes made your skin itchy and your scalp dry?’
- ‘On examination we observed a healthy man with no other burns of the skin of the scalp, face or neck.’
- ‘All the hairs on her arms stood straight out from her skin and her scalp tingled.’
- ‘The base should actually lay on the scalp and should not be spread or rubbed into the skin or scalp.’
- ‘This is probably something to do with us having two to three thousand nerve endings in our scalp crying out for stimulation.’
- ‘The energy prickled across my skin, and by the funny feelings on my scalp, I was sure my hair was standing on end.’
- ‘Medically speaking, it is a condition where the skin cells on the scalp go into over drive and are produced in excess, which gives rise to irritation and itching.’
- ‘Ringworm isn't a worm, but a fungal infection of the scalp or skin that got its name from the ring or series of rings that it can produce.’
- ‘Its natural foaming quality also makes it a gentle, moisturizing cleanser for skin, scalp and hair.’
- 1.1historical The scalp with the hair belonging to it cut or torn away from an enemy's head as a battle trophy, especially by an American Indian.
- ‘The differences between what happened at Fort William Henry and at Niagara need not be seen as evolutionary; the aftermath of battle had yielded many scalps and prisoners for the Iroquois at Niagara.’
- ‘The payment for Indian scalps, including the scalps of Indian children, was written in the laws of Massachusetts.’
- ‘Young Pawnee warriors proudly stole horses and scalps from their enemies, the Sioux.’
- ‘After the Indians killed soldiers, they would take their scalps as trophies.’
1 Take the scalp of (an enemy)
- ‘Jesse James, who used to scalp his victims, seems to prove the point.’
- ‘Where almost all the bodies of the Cavalry soldiers had been scalped the bodies of Keogh and Custer were not harmed apart from their battle wounds.’
- ‘Historians Hippocrates and Herodotus thought that the Amazons had to fight until they had scalped three enemies before they were permitted to mate.’
- ‘This squares with the team song, which goes on about scalping the enemy and other warrior skills, befitting for a game of violence, which football clearly is (I speak as a fan).’
- ‘Many of the hapless victims were mutilated; some were scalped, young men were castrated and some bodies were carved with the sign of the cross.’
- ‘Incredibly, the killer appears to be emulating an American Indian warrior, scalping his victims, after murdering them with an axe.’
- 1.1informal Punish severely.‘if I ever heard anybody doing that, I'd scalp them’
- ‘I would like feedback on this new project I'm working on though, without posting it preferably, because I have a feeling I'd be scalped for starting something new when I'm working on this.’
- ‘He carefully moved aside papers; he knew if he messed up his mother's work she'd scalp him.’
- 1.2North American informal Sell (a ticket) for a popular event at a price higher than the official one.‘tickets were scalped for forty times their face value’
- ‘Tickets were being scalped for $200, and commemorative pins were sold to mark the occasion.’
- ‘Last spring, fans scalped tickets at Boston-New York spring training games!’
- ‘The Chicago Cubs scalp their own tickets (and apparently it's legal).’
- ‘Kara told me to suck it up and go and scalp your ticket.’
- ‘People have been scalping tickets for her shows at Carnegie Hall - now that is hitting the big time for the pianist-singer from Nanaimo!’
- ‘Bobby began his working life scalping tickets to Boston Celtics games and ended up buying the hallowed parquet floor of the Boston Garden before it was torn down.’
- ‘He said this process to access tickets is normal for international games for all World Cups - be they cricket or football - so that all fans have an opportunity to access tickets and to avoid scalping.’
- ‘We scalped two tickets and had a decent hummus dinner for about $20 each.’
Middle English (denoting the skull or cranium): probably of Scandinavian origin.
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