Definition of clean-cut in English:



  • 1Sharply outlined.

    ‘the normally clean-cut edge between sea and land has become blurred’
    • ‘Most, in the finish, have been quite clean-cut.’
    • ‘Incised wounds have clean-cut, straight edges and generally are free of abrasion or contusion.’
    • ‘Those that do usually have lots of pictures, are updated everyday, and have simple, clean-cut writing.’
    • ‘The Mayor's office, the GLA, your Authority; it appears to us it is not as clean-cut and clear as you are indicating.’
    • ‘Cut a piece of fabric with the tip and along the blade, looking for a clean-cut edge.’
    • ‘A clean-cut chilled gazpacho made an exhilarating appetiser, its sharp tomato edge juxtaposed with a mellow, voluptuous quenelle of crab and avocado.’
    • ‘‘I wanted really clean-cut fabrics and it turned out to be a real nightmare trying to source them in Glasgow,’ she says.’
    • ‘This guy had a plan, a very clear, clean-cut plan.’
    • ‘With clean-cut designs and natural and fluent lines, the collection aims to present elegance while incorporating the most up-to-date fashion ideas.’
    • ‘She was sure they had once been clean-cut, but frequent wear gradually eroded away the edges.’
    • ‘It's the same dry, clean-cut, bright, energetic world that drew Stravinsky to a later Italian composer, Pergolesi, in Pulcinella.’
    • ‘We would like to have very black and very white, very good, very evil, very clean-cut distinctions and those distinctions can be blurred if we aren't careful.’
    • ‘As far as I'm concerned, this is a simple, clean-cut civil rights issue.’
    • ‘The whole concept is fuzzy because, unlike so many other things in algebra that have definite formulas that are logical and clean-cut, factoring isn't this way.’
    • ‘A California dreamer from an endless summer: shirt-jackets, clean-cut cottons, linen Oxford and bandana prints are ready for men enjoying sunset colours on the beach.’
    1. 1.1 Giving the appearance of neatness and respectability.
      ‘the ad featured two clean-cut teenagers’
      • ‘Upon seeing the clean-cut boy jogging toward her, she stood up from her seat on the edge of the empty fountain.’
      • ‘He said that he didn't match his image of a deranged maniac - he was very clean-cut.’
      • ‘The targets of the titular hunt are mostly clean-cut fellows with rippled, reflective abs.’
      • ‘The guys were clean-cut and dashing, the girls were curly-haired and red-lipped.’
      • ‘They are both what adults of a certain age would call clean-cut boys.’
      • ‘Once I had emerged from my dark days of repression and conformity, I stopped my infatuation with pop stars and clean-cut, wholesome actors, and discovered the world of celebrity chefs.’
      • ‘But he was a clean-cut boy who attended school and had never been in trouble with the law.’
      • ‘If you appeared to be a clean-cut youngster, or your parent gave permission, buying a gun was not a big deal.’
      • ‘He's not the clean-cut bloke pictured in the film's ad art but rather someone at the end of their tether.’
      • ‘And also, the fact that he's a nice, clean-cut looking man.’
      • ‘Yet he claims drugs and alcohol were never problems in the band; they were clean-cut guys who were much more into baseball than the party scene.’
      • ‘One of the teenagers, a clean-cut former gang member handing out anti-violence bumper stickers, said he thought the mayor was serious about reducing crime in the neighborhood.’
      • ‘He also calms fears that aliens may be lurking - and who wouldn't trust the word of such a clean-cut fellow?’
      • ‘Women have varying tastes, some like the rugged look, but very popular is the clean-cut, clean-living man.’
      • ‘A clean-cut young man, with dark skin and an average build, he was sitting with a bull's eye target hanging around his neck.’
      • ‘A clean-cut chap staggers along the stadium floor in step.’
      • ‘A young man, clean-cut, sharp and fit, perched above us on the coping stones of the top of the seven feet high wall.’
      • ‘And those clean-cut boys in their ties sure are perky without even a sip of cola to boost them.’
      • ‘The good-looking, clean-cut boys with their excellent manners and friendly dispositions tunneled through Papa's gruff exterior and became his friends.’
      • ‘But the case manager is not present when two clean-cut young men in suits happen to knock on his apartment door the following week.’
      simple, elegant, graceful, uncluttered, trim, shapely, unfussy, uncomplicated
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