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crew cut

a haircut in which the hair is very closely cropped.
Origin of crew cut
1940-45, Americanism
Related forms
crew-cut, crewcut, adjective Unabridged
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  • He turned to a burly youth with sun-bleached, crew-cut hair, "Still safe, Frank?"

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
  • The crew-cut Nick was in the act of handing up the first piece of baggage.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The crew-cut, Tony, came to the part of the deck where Terry worked.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The bartender, a tall man with crew-cut reddish hair, raised his eyebrows in a questioning fashion.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Davis did not even glance at it, but beckoned to one of the crew-cut young men who'd unloaded the tender.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Five minutes later he stepped into the galley, his dark, crew-cut hair still damp.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
  • When it was up to pressure, a trap-door in the floor of the dome opened and a crew-cut, blond young man stuck his head up.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His crew-cut was growing out, but it was from neglect rather than a sudden artistic temperament, I was sure.

    The Mind Digger Winston Marks
British Dictionary definitions for crew-cut

crew cut

a closely cropped haircut for men, originating in the US
Word Origin
C20: from the style of haircut worn by the boat crews at Harvard and Yale Universities
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Idioms and Phrases with crew-cut

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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