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clean-cut

[kleen-kuht] /ˈklinˈkʌt/
adjective
1.
having distinct, regular shape:
a face with clean-cut features.
2.
clearly outlined.
3.
neat and wholesome:
a polite, clean-cut young man.
4.
unambiguously clear; unmistakable; clear-cut:
The case against him is a clean-cut one.
Origin of clean-cut
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • The officers are clean-cut, keen-eyed, and in splendid health and training.

    The Note-Book of an Attache Eric Fisher Wood
  • He was clean-cut, dark-skinned and red-haired, and walked with a swinging gait.

  • A clean-cut, sober-faced young man who seemed older and more serious than the rest of the party, was speaking to the heiress.

  • He was an older man, with a grave mouth and a clean-cut jowl.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • But Landor's polished, clean-cut intaglios have been well described as "written in marble."

    From Chaucer to Tennyson Henry A. Beers
British Dictionary definitions for clean-cut

clean-cut

adjective
1.
clearly outlined; neat: clean-cut lines of a ship
2.
definite: a clean-cut decision in boxing
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Word Origin and History for clean-cut
adj.

"precise," 1829 (of turf), from clean (adv.) + past participle of cut (v.).

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