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five o'clock shadow

the rather dark stubble that appears on a man's face some hours after shaving, typically in the late afternoon if he shaved in the morning.
Origin of five o'clock shadow
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The creases in his face deepened and his five o'clock shadow seemed darker than ever.
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five o'clock shadow


A growth of stubble that becomes visible in the late afternoon on the face of a man who has shaved earlier in the day (1937+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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