five o'clock shadow

{n. phr.} A very short growth of beard on a man's face who did shave in the morning but whose beard is so strong that it is again visible in the afternoon. * /"You have a five o'clock shadow, honey," Irene said, "and we're going to the opera. Why don't you shave again quickly?"/

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • five o'clock shadow — n [singular] the dark colour on a man s chin where the hair has grown during the day …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • five o'clock shadow — noun uncount a slight growth of hair on a man s face in the afternoon when he SHAVED in the morning …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • five o'clock shadow — ► NOUN ▪ a slight growth of beard visible on a man s chin several hours after he has shaved …   English terms dictionary

  • five o'clock shadow — Informal n. the slight growth of beard visible in the late afternoon on the face of a man who shaved in the morning …   English World dictionary

  • Five o'clock shadow — A five o clock shadow is beard growth visible late in the day on a man whose face was clean shaven in the morning. The term comes from the traditional nine to five workday hours.HistoryDuring the 1980s, inspired largely by the then popular… …   Wikipedia

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  • five-o'clock shadow — noun Etymology: so called from the resemblance of a dark beard s stubble to a shadow : the growth of beard present late in the afternoon on the face of a man who has not shaved since morning * * * five o clock shadow noun (informal) The new… …   Useful english dictionary

  • five o'clock shadow — {n. phr.} A very short growth of beard on a man s face who did shave in the morning but whose beard is so strong that it is again visible in the afternoon. * / You have a five o clock shadow, honey, Irene said, and we re going to the opera. Why… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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