ra·​zor | \ ˈrā-zər \

Definition of razor

: a keen-edged cutting instrument for shaving or cutting hair

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How the shutdown so quickly shredded the personal safety net of employees at Unispec reflects the razor-thin profit margin and unsettled nature of business for government contracting firms and their employees. Neena Satija, The Seattle Times, "Federal contractors who lost health insurance during shutdown remain in limbo," 28 Jan. 2019 The man allegedly walked out of the Stop & Shop at 316 Grove St. in Braintree on Friday night without paying for the razors, but the theft was not reported to police until Monday, said Braintree Interim Deputy Police Chief Karen Macaleese. Andres Picon, BostonGlobe.com, "Braintree police seek public’s help identifying ‘sweatsuit razor bandit’ who stole $1,000 worth of razors," 10 July 2018 Throughout Season 4, Outlander has slowly splintered away from a razor-sharp focus on Claire and Jamie to make room for Brianna and Roger—an expansion from the original duo to a quartet. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 The men came screaming out of the darkness, some firing AK-47s, most wielding bows and arrows or razor-sharp machetes. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Yet his greatness and razor-sharp tongue have cost him quite a lot. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Love Means Zero’ and ‘Rick and Morty’," 23 June 2018 Guides are razor-sharp and can tackle pretty any question thrown their way. Maresa Manara, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Tours in Rome," 4 Mar. 2018 But Republicans just confirmed Kavanaugh with a razor-thin, almost entirely partisan majority. Kay Steiger, Vox, "8 takeaways from the knock-down, drag-out fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation," 6 Oct. 2018 Plus, razor blades are flexible, which makes them good for removing residue or labels from contoured surfaces, like jars or bottles. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove Sticker Residue from Any Surface," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of razor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for razor

Middle English rasour, from Anglo-French rasur, from raser to raze, shave — more at rase

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razor's edge



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The first known use of razor was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of razor

: a tool or device with a sharp edge that is used to shave or cut hair from the face, body, or head


ra·​zor | \ ˈrā-zər \

Kids Definition of razor

: a sharp cutting instrument used to shave off hair

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