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shave off

1. To shear something away from some surface, with or as with some kind of straight or mechanical blade. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shave" and "off." I've decided to shave off my mustache. He shaved a slice of cheese off and handed it to the child.
2. To reduce, remove, or eliminate some amount of something, especially a very small amount. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shave" and "off." I was pretty discouraged that, after spending all that time and energy training, I was only able to shave a couple seconds off my race time. Giving up milk and sugar in your coffee is a quick and easy way to shave off some calories from your diet.
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shave off

v.
1. To cut something, especially hair, from the surface of the skin with a razor or shaver: I shaved my beard off. I shaved off the stubble.
2. To remove or eliminate something in thin strips or small amounts using a blade: The woodworker used a planer to shave off the bark. I opened the coconut and shaved some of the meat off with a knife.
3. To eliminate some small amount of a total: This aerodynamic racing suit will shave off a full second from your time. She shaved ten seconds off the school's 100-meter dash record.
4. To limit deliberately the number of points scored by one's own team in an athletic contest, as in return for a payment from gamblers to ensure winnings: The rest of the team was sure that he was missing shots on purpose in order to shave points off for his gambling buddies. The police are investigating her for shaving off points in the championship game.
See also: off, shave
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Rob negotiated the terms by which he would shave off the signature mustache he's sported for the past 35 years.
They got 20 of their friends to raise pledges for children's cancer research by agreeing to shave off their precious hair.
James Moss, of Long Street, decided to shave off his hair, which was over 12 inches long, following the death of his mother almost a year ago.
But may I suggest that if he wants to LOOK normal he should shave off that awful grey beard which ages him no end.
Ask for no butter and you'll shave off its two grams of saturated fat.
Instead, Conair built a system that uses four air-driven blades to shave off the bridge without the need for expensive milling equipment.
To fix the problem, surgeons use lasers--precise enough to cut a human hair lengthwise--to shave off the protruding central portion of the cornea, flattening the front of the eyeball slightly and correcting the excessive refraction.
By partnering with Intergraph, the District is able to leverage cutting edge technology that promotes multi-agency information sharing in real-time, which will shave off time when seconds count most.
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Shoppers and staff turned out to see Asda worker Ashley shave off her locks.
London, March 5 ( ANI ): Guys, shave off your beard before going on a blind date.
And to get into character, Canon Paul Peverell, of Christ Church, Great Ayton, has even allowed the cast to shave off his beard.
But as December rolls in the time has come for the big shave off.
Bleary-eyed fans who had spent the night dancing and singing away in "the world's biggest street party'', speculated on what prompted Dhoni to shave off his mane just hours after the glory of Mumbai.
The father claimed he had been forced to shave off his moustache after his barber cut a part of it off by accident.