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yak shaving

tech Small, seemingly-insignificant tasks that need to be completed before a larger one can be done. I know you're waiting on me for the software update, I'm doing this yak shaving as fast as I can!
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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

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.
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Shaving was transformed when the cut-throat razor gave way to the first safety razor with disposable blades, invented in 1901 by King Camp Gillette and his assistant William Nickerson.
Always make sure your skin is soapy and wet before shaving, and change razors regularly.
Plastic cartridge razor companies have lead the way, but more traditional ways of shaving are making a strong comeback, it said.
Fewer bubbles mean you get the most out of the active ingredients of the shaving cream, which minimises friction and moisturises the skin.
It has a unique 1/4 moisturizing cream, helping repair the damage caused by shaving.
Service includes a hot towel wrap, pre-shave oil, warm lather shaving cream, straight razor shave.
Although sales of most shaving segments are far from rosy, the bleeding appears to have stopped for razors and slowed in other shave segments.
Figure 8: Canada - Shaving Products: Retail market segmentation by value (m CAD) - 2012
He took his time to work pre-shave oil (rich in borage and sesame oils) into the skin - lots in my case, as electric shaving has apparently left my skin as dry as a desert
Good news for bacon-loving adult male consumers: They now can get their fix via shaving cream.
Gillette came forward with a solution for men by introducing the new Gillette Fusion Gamer, Gillette's best shaving technology with a 5 blade suspension, which will allow men in India to experience the Most Comfortable Shave at an affordable price of Rs 299/-.
Dear Danielle, I keep getting bumps under my skin and I think it's caused by shaving.
Ditch the Sasquatch look with shaving creams that leave behind smooth, soft skin, not harsh chemical residues.
Armed with an innovative shaving head, the waterproof Philips NIVEA FOR MEN Shaver utilises an Advanced Skin Protection System which dispenses NIVEA FOR MEN anti-irritation shaving conditioner through the shaving head directly onto the skin, keeping the skin hydrated and moisturised while shaving.
GAVIN Henson used to be mocked for his hairless pins - but now his teammates are shaving theirs, too