1. The act or an instance of cutting the hair.
2. A style in which hair is cut.
3. Slang A reduction, as in payment or value: "No one gets exactly what he wants from Chapter 11—creditors get a haircut, employees get laid off, and shareholders (usually) get zilch" (New Yorker).
haircut′ting adj. & n.
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