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



BrE BrE//ʃeɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪv//
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  • an act of shaving I need a shave. to have a shave
  • Word OriginOld English sc(e)afan ‘scrape away the surface of (something) by paring’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaven and German schaben.Extra examples He had a bath and a quick shave first. You can get a really close, smooth shave with this new double-bladed razor. an old-fashioned barber who does wet shavesIdioms (informal) a situation in which you only just manage to avoid an accident, etc.
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