Reading a book by Salman Rushdie ("Shame") and there's such an expression, I guess it should be an idiom, but I can't find its explanation.

So, the author describes his younger sister.

...Who is twenty-two, and studying engineering in Karachi; who can't sit on her hair any more, and who (unlike me) is a Pakistani citizen

Thanks, for your help and time

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    Girls and women with long hair sometimes boast that it is so long they can sit on it, i.e. the ends more than touch the chair. Presumably the sister has had hers cut short now she is grown up? Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 7:47
  • It might also mean that she can't just sit at home but must actually be up and out doing something (like engineering).
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 8:13


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