- having distinct, regular shape: a face with clean-cut features.
- clearly outlined.
- neat and wholesome: a polite, clean-cut young man.
- unambiguously clear; unmistakable; clear-cut: The case against him is a clean-cut one.
Origin of clean-cut
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for clean-cut
He seems fleshless, bloodless; he might almost be a black man's parody of how a clean-cut white man moves.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession
November 22, 2014
But there is a middle way from clean-cut hunkdom to looking like a militia leader who might boil a hitchhiker alive.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point
September 22, 2014
There was a smattering of clean-cut sensation seekers and a few actual Hindus as well.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
There were intermediates too—like at Stella McCartney, where a sweater dress stiffly jutted from a clean-cut ensemble.Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs: Big Hips on the Runway
Misty White Sidell
March 12, 2012
They also seem to take special pleasure in needling the clean-cut, well-starched Romney camp.Huntsman Girls Go Viral
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Men were crowding about Grim, clean-cut, determined-looking Earthmen.Slaves of Mercury
Trained for the fight of his life from muzzle to clean-cut hoofs.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
He was clean-cut, dark-skinned and red-haired, and walked with a swinging gait.The Spoilers of the Valley
He was an older man, with a grave mouth and a clean-cut jowl.The O'Ruddy
We will not repeat it, save to say that it was as crisp, clean-cut, and pointed as his chin.Pipefuls
- clearly outlined; neatclean-cut lines of a ship
- definitea clean-cut decision in boxing
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Word Origin and History for clean-cut
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