I'm reading an Agatha Christie'es book, Appointment with Death and I don't understand this sentence:

The boy flushed right up to the roots of his hair

The boy was pulling his hair? He was scratching his head a lot?

Thank you for the help

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    Commented Mar 20, 2014 at 14:22

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"Flush" in this context is another word for "blush". In other words, the boy's face turned red. But while a blush starts in the cheeks, this one spread all across his face, all the way up ("right up") to the top of his forehead ("the roots of his hair").

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    +1 it's verb here and right up means all the way. The situation has turned his face flushed.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 13:25

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