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five o'clock shadow

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Definition of five o'clock shadow in English:

noun

A dark appearance on a man’s chin and face caused by the slight growth of beard that has occurred since he shaved in the morning.
Example sentences
  • I shaved and washed my face before I left, getting rid of the slight five o'clock shadow that cursed my face around dinner time.
  • A heavy handlebar moustache hangs over a solid jaw, grey with a permanent five o'clock shadow.
  • He could shave at breakfast, reach five o'clock shadow by midday, and have a fully grown handlebar by teatime.

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