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Posted by Lotg on September 19, 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

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: : : : 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

I thought 'clean-cut' had a military derivation. After all, when have you seen a military man with a hair out of place (undercover agents excepted)? Although a friend suggested that the Mormons had a lot to do with it, and while I can't argue that I've never seen a Mormon with a hair out of place either - but ah... doesn't ring true somehow.