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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.
See also: off, shave

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
References in classic literature ?
Captain Jim got it shaved off and then there was no doubt--Dick Moore it was--his body at least.
it has knocked off and plucked away the beard from his face as if it had been shaved off designedly."
Murdstone's; but there the likeness ended, for his whiskers were shaved off, and his hair, instead of being glossy, was rusty and dry.
Having addressed these words to the combatants, he saluted Nicholas, who then observed that the face of Mr Crummles was quite proportionate in size to his body; that he had a very full under- lip, a hoarse voice, as though he were in the habit of shouting very much, and very short black hair, shaved off nearly to the crown of his head--to admit (as he afterwards learnt) of his more easily wearing character wigs of any shape or pattern.
Citizen TV news anchor LilianMuli has shaved off her baby locks.
Nearly PS5,000 has been raised after a woman decided to have her hair shaved off for charity.
The five of them held Nasir's wife - identified as Shamshad - as they shaved off her head and her eyebrows before locking her up in a room for several hours.
She also alleged the duo had also shaved off her head with a blunt razor.
One Sunday, Ali Raza tortured his wife and later shaved off his head.
OnThursday he had the facial hair shaved off and a total will be added up in the coming days.
Retired hotelier Selby Brown, aged 76 and from North Sunderland near Seahouses, has spent the last two years growing his hair and beard simply to have it all shaved off for charity.
Speaking to media Shaikh said, "I live near a BMC hospital and have been observing that even for a minor operation, the beards of people, especially of the Muslim leaders were being shaved off. I have demanded it from the BMC that when there is not a life-threatening situation, the beard must only be shaved off only after taking the consent of the patient.
Sotira mayor, George Takkas, had his moustache shaved off for the first time in 40 years to support the male anti-cancer campaign 'Movember Cyprus'.
Daniel Tebbutt (23) raised PS121 by having his hair shaved off courtesy of 'Hair by Jessica Laws' in support of the cause.
This was the third time Joey King shaved off her hair for a role.