crew cut

a haircut in which the hair is very closely cropped.

1940–45, Americanism

crew-cut, crewcut, adjective Unabridged
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crew cut
a closely cropped haircut for men, originating in the US
[C20: from the style of haircut worn by the boat crews at Harvard and Yale Universities]

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crew cut

A closely cropped haircut, usually for a male, as in The boys all think crew cuts are cooler in summer. This term presumably originated in the navy (crew referring to a ship's crew), where such a haircut was mandatory. [c. 1940]

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Example sentences
He was tall, with a crew cut, and his voice was raspy from years of inhaling
  smoke from fires and cigarettes.
With his stubbled crew cut and muscled look, he is the picture of the
  prototypical police officer.
Then he parks the skidder, and he and his crew cut trees with their chainsaws
  for the rest of the day.
As the crew cut through the bridle, condensate dropped into the electric motor,
  resulting in a flash fire.
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