Definition of razor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈreɪzə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈreɪzər//
Beauty products
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  • an instrument that is used for shaving an electric razor a cut-throat/safety/disposable razor compare shaver See related entries: Beauty products
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French rasor, from raser ‘shave closely’, from Latin ras- ‘scraped’, from the verb radere.Extra examples He slashed his wrists with a razor. He was armed with a cut-throat razor. We used a razor to cut the string. a mugger who slashed a man with a cut-throat razorIdioms
    be on the razor’s edge, be on a razor edge
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    to be in a difficult situation where any mistake may be very dangerous Social workers operate on the razor’s edge.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: razor