ra·​zor | \ ˈrā-zər How to pronounce razor (audio) \

Definition of razor

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Democrats hold a razor-thin 50-50 majority in the Senate (Vice President Kamala Harris would break any ties), meaning most legislation would require that 10 Republican senators join with Democrats to advance most legislation. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, "Biden Excludes Student Loan Forgiveness From Budget Proposal, But Calls For More Funding For Higher Ed: Key Details," 9 Apr. 2021 Democrats currently hold the House and Senate by razor-thin margins, which Kondik said could easily slip during the 2022 midterm elections. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, "Manchin's firm stance on filibuster, reconciliation threatens ambitious Biden agenda," 8 Apr. 2021 The president has promised to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court should a vacancy arise, and Democrats currently have a razor-thin majority in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking votes. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Justice Stephen Breyer warns Supreme Court expansion could erode public trust," 7 Apr. 2021 The issue of capacity — whether arts organizations operating on razor-thin margins could afford to operate at anything less than a full house — plagued their planning process. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "California theaters and concert halls can reopen June 15. With good news comes whiplash," 6 Apr. 2021 With a razor-thin Democratic majority in the House, Pelosi can afford to lose almost none of her party members’ votes — giving a handful of Democrats inordinate influence over a bill’s direction. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pelosi supports restoring tax break that benefited Californians," 1 Apr. 2021 From surprise cost overruns to weather delays, margins can be razor thin. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities agents offer remodeling services amid scramble for homes to sell," 30 Mar. 2021 Discouraged by the razor-thin margins and lack of control in dropshipping, Mr. Green started looking into selling his own products. John Herrman, New York Times, "The Great Amazon Flip-a-Thon," 17 Mar. 2021 Even as his administration navigates the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic damage, Biden is grappling with how to deliver on a host of big promises despite a razor-thin Senate majority. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden leaves door open for change in Senate procedures to move his agenda forward," 26 Mar. 2021

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

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13 Apr 2021

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“Razor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razor. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce razor (audio) \

Kids Definition of razor

: a sharp cutting instrument used to shave off hair

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