Five o-clock shadow

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  • #896

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    Hi! I have a question about something I have heard in English. I have heard my friend say he has ‘five o-clock shadow’ when he does not shave. What does he mean exactly? Is his face dark like shadows? Or night? Thank you for the help.

  • #900

    WriteWell Bros.
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    Hello blueman!

    “Five o’clock shadow” is a common, colloquial phrase in English but it can be a little confusing. The “shadow” refers to the stubble (short hairs) that a man can get around his chin after not shaving for a short period. The “five o’clock” of the phrase refers to the time of day, in the early evening. Essentially this phrase comes from the fact that traditionally a man would shave in the morning, but by 5:00 his beard had begun to grow back in. The stubble is not enough to be a full beard, but is visible enough that it looks like a shadow–especially if the man has darker hair. Today the phrase is used to describe any man that has not shaved recently, but does not yet have a full beard.

    I hope that answers your question. If you need any other help let me know!


  • #907

    Rank: Learner

    That helps very much. Thank you for the quick answer Charlie!

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