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Re: Shave and a haircut

Posted by ESC on August 22, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Shave and a haircut posted by James Briggs on August 22, 2003

: : I'm having trouble finding the meaning and origins of the phrase: shave and a haircut

: : I've heard it can also be taken a derogatory phrase, but don't know how

: It was a fairly standard order in old fashioned men's Barbers Shops and meant what it said. I've never heard of it used in any other context. Have others?

The only time I've heard of it is as a little "riff" at the end of a song. "Shave and a haircut, two bits" or "five cents."