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razor

[rey-zer] /ˈreɪ zər/
noun
1.
a sharp-edged instrument used especially for shaving the face or trimming the hair.
2.
an electrically powered instrument used for the same purpose.
verb (used with object)
3.
to shave, cut, or remove with or as if with a razor.
Idioms
4.
on the razor's edge, in a difficult or precarious position.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English rasour < Old French rasor, equivalent to ras(er) to raze + -or -or2
Related forms
razorless, adjective
unrazored, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for on razor edge

razor

/ˈreɪzə/
noun
1.
a sharp implement used esp by men for shaving the face
2.
on a razor's edge, on a razor-edge, in an acute dilemma
verb
3.
(transitive) to cut or shave with a razor
Word Origin
C13: from Old French raseor, from raser to shave; see raze
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Word Origin and History for on razor edge

razor

n.

late 13c., from Old French raseor "a razor" (12c.), from raser "to scrape, shave" (see rase). Razor clam (1835, American English) so called because its shell resembles an old folding straight-razor. Razor-edge figurative of sharpness or a fine surface from 1680s.

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on razor edge in the Bible

The Nazarites were forbidden to make use of the razor (Num. 6:5; Judg. 13:5). At their consecration the Levites were shaved all over with a razor (Num. 8:7; comp. Ps. 52:2; Ezek. 5:1).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with on razor edge
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Encyclopedia Article for on razor edge

razor

keen-edged cutting implement for shaving or cutting hair. Prehistoric cave drawings show that clam shells, shark's teeth, and sharpened flints were used as shaving implements, and flints are still in use by certain primitive tribes. Solid gold and copper razors have been found in Egyptian tombs of the 4th millennium BC. According to the Roman historian Livy, the razor was introduced in Rome in the 6th century BC by Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, legendary king of Rome; but shaving did not become customary until the 5th century BC.

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