- a sharp-edged instrument used especially for shaving the face or trimming the hair.
- an electrically powered instrument used for the same purpose.
- to shave, cut, or remove with or as if with a razor.
- on the razor's edge, in a difficult or precarious position.
Origin of razor
Examples from the Web for razor
Contemporary Examples of razor
Their jagged edges and razor sharp teeth make you stand a little further back then normal.Takashi Murakami’s Art From Disaster
November 28, 2014
But as soon as she pressed the razor blade against her neck, the guard lowered the gun.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
We stood on the rooftop of a derelict farmhouse meters away from a Turkish tank and a razor wire fence marking the end of Turkey.Impotent U.S. Airstrikes, Passive Turks and an ISIS Triumph
October 3, 2014
We need to take a razor and make a boundary in the shaving foam, people.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point
September 22, 2014
For stars, though, the fall of the comedy auteur means that the margin of error between a hit and a farrago is razor thin.The Trials of ‘Tammy’: Stop Policing Melissa McCarthy’s Body
July 7, 2014
Historical Examples of razor
Not a comb nor a razor left; not a garment to make myself decent in!Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
He wore no beard, and his leathery cheeks were blue from the razor.The Strolling Saint
Then he shot me a glance as sharp as a razor, and we looked into one another's eyes.The Market-Place
If you ask me, I think that the razor has been the downfall of society.See?
Edward G. Robles
Especially with a man like James, who is as sharp as a razor, and just as edgy.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
- a sharp implement used esp by men for shaving the face
- on a razor's edge or on a razor-edge in an acute dilemma
- (tr) to cut or shave with a razor
Word Origin for razor
Word Origin and History for razor
late 13c., from Old French raseor "a razor" (12c.), from raser "to scrape, shave" (see rase). Razor clam (1835, American English) so called because its shell resembles an old folding straight-razor. Razor-edge figurative of sharpness or a fine surface from 1680s.
Idioms and Phrases with razor
see sharp as a tack (razor).