flattop

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flattop (plural flattops)

  1. (US) A short haircut in which the hair is brushed straight up then cut flat across the top.
    • 1959 Jerry Keller, "Here Comes Summer" (lyrics):
      Well school's not so bad but the summer's better
      Gives me more time to see my girl
      Walk through the park beneath the shiny moon
      Oh when we kiss she makes my flat top curl
  2. (US, informal) An aircraft carrier (origin attributed since 1942 to a laconic message, “Scratch one flattop,” radioed by LCDR Robert E. Dixon to USS Lexington, whose commanding officer credited the pilot with coining the standard USN slang)