(A). A shave without soaping the face; to scrape the face
with a piece of iron hoop; to scratch the face; to box it and bruise
it. Sometimes it means to beat and bruise generally; ill usage.
“The fellow will get a dry shave.”
Peter Pindar: Great Cry and Little Wool, Ep 1. “I'll shave her, like a punished soldier, dry.”
Peter Pindar: The Lousiad, canto ii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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