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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 ?
That eightpence shaves off my profits as clean as a razor.
Armagh Translink bus driver Liam Conlon will meet a hairy end when he shaves off his bushy beard for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Saturday 24th November.
Daniel Ricciardo shaves off his beard as part of the Movember camp[aign in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
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1 NEIL and Laura meet at a party and she fancies him because he's sexy, smart, and clearly makes an effort with his appearance.; 2 SHE'S delighted when he asks her out and after a few dates she tells her pals how she's smitten with her gorgeous "metrosexual" man.; 3 BUT the first time they go to bed, she's shocked when Neil strips off and reveals that he shaves off ALL his body hair.; 4 SHE'S just getting over her surprise when he asks her if he can shave HER too before they have sex.
At Klip 'N Kritterz in Lebanon, Cindy Cool shaves off the matted fur of a cat who appears less than appreciative of the effort.
The book's acutely-hewn historical edge knowingly shaves off Vaughan's visionary eccentricities, a winnowing that leaves West occasionally claiming, in my view, a great deal for some poems ("The Palm Tree" and "St.
IT will be hair today, gone tomorrow for a market garden owner when he shaves off the beard he has kept for 37 years.
Defying the pleas of her perm-toting hairdresser, Venus shaves off her long hair after years of chemical straightening.
Each time a cell divides, however, it shaves off a portion of this chromosomal DNA.