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Definition of shave:

  1. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving.
  2. A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a drawing knife; a spokeshave.
  3. A premium paid for an extension of the time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a stock contract in any particular.
  4. A thin slice; a shaving.
  5. An exorbitant discount on a note.
  6. obs. p. p. of Shave.
  7. The act of passing very near to, so as almost to graze; as, the bullet missed by a close shave.
  8. To cut off thin slices from; to cut in thin slices.
  9. To cut or pare off from the surface of a body with a razor or other edged instrument; to cut off closely, as with a razor; as, to shave the beard.
  10. To make bare or smooth by cutting off closely the surface, or surface covering, of; especially, to remove the hair from with a razor or other sharp instrument; to take off the beard or hair of; as, to shave the face or the crown of the head; he shaved himself.
  11. To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing.
  12. To strip; to plunder; to fleece.
  13. To use a razor for removing the beard; to cut closely; hence, to be hard and severe in a bargain; to practice extortion; to cheat.


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