five o'clock shadow

noun
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.
Also, five-o'clock shadow.


Origin:
1935–40

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The creases in his face deepened and his five o'clock shadow seemed darker than ever.
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