five o'clock shadow
or five-o'clock shadow
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the rather dark stubble that appears on a man's face some hours after shaving, typically in the late afternoon if he shaved in the morning.
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Origin of five o'clock shadow
First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for five o'clock shadow
beard growth visible late in the day on a man's shaven face
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