Could you please tell me what this sentence means?

"Do you think I should grow some hair just to pull it out with an order this low?"

This is an example of Rhetorical Questions in a book I am reading these days and there is no context for the question.

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That...is a very weird sentence. Still, let's have a go at it...

I think it's a reference to the idiom "Pulling one's hair out", indicating frustration, confusion, or other loss of temper. Examples:

You kids are too loud! I'm pulling my hair out over here!

We fixed the machines, you can stop pulling your hair out.

When I was a kid, I always made my Mum pull her hair out.

So the first part of the sentence appears to be expressing frustration. By the sounds of it, a person who is either bald or has a very short haircut is frustrated, and is jokingly suggesting that they should grow some hair so that when frustrated they could pull it out.

"Order this low" is a bit more puzzling - it could mean a number of things. For our purposes, though, we can suppose it's some condition that causes distress to the speaker - perhaps it's a very small order for some product that requires a complicated set-up procedure to produce, thus the order is more trouble than it's worth.

Honestly, this sentence seems like it needs a lot of context to be clear; I would rephrase it like this:

"This order is annoyingly low", said the bald manager. "Do you think I should grow some hair so that I could express my anger by pulling it out?"

  • Your formatting is messed up for the last blockquote.
    – Laurel
    Nov 7, 2018 at 1:43

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