What does "shave in the open" mean? All Quiet On The Western Front

We stick out our chests, shave in the open, shove our hands in our pockets, inspect the recruits and feel ourselves stone-age veterans

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It means to do personal grooming, specifically facial hair removal (shave), in each others' presence (the open) rather than in their private bathrooms.

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    Or 'in the open air', since it presumably refers to soldiers on active service. Sep 10, 2022 at 8:34

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