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Posted by ESC on September 18, 2004

In Reply to: Clean-cut posted by ESC on September 18, 2004

: : : Hi,
: : : I saw this passage on a magazine. It sounds like something else to me than the original meaning.
: : : -I heard that Mandy Moore is doing a nude scene n her new move. This can't be true-she's so "clean cut"??

: : : 1. neat-looking: neat in dress or appearance
: : : a clean-cut young officer in a spotless uniform

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: : : 2. with sharp outline: distinctly outlined or designed

: : :
: : : Could that mean "pure"??

: : : thanks

: : Well, sort of. In my opinion, "pure" connotates unspoiled and in a sort of native state while I think clean cut implies more a conscious effort rather than a state of being. I say this because of the "cut" part. It implies human intervention.

: I think "clean-cut" is used more often to describe a man.

The image I get is a man with a traditional hair-cut, clean-shaven or with a beard neatly trimmed. But Merriam-Webster doesn't mention hair. It talks about sharp edges, etc.
1 : cut so that the surface or edge is smooth and even
2 : sharply defined
3 : of wholesome appearance