A beard grown after being laid off, due to the lack of need to maintain a certain caliber of appearance. Most commonly found during recession
, or other forms of economic depression
, when jobs are lost en masse. The loss of job makes the unemployed male down in the dumps, and the laziness makes him less likely to shave.
Tom: I lost my job at the auto plant a few weeks ago.
Bill: So, that would explain that scrappy thing on your jaw.
Tom: Yeah, it's my Recession Beard. Is it really that scrappy?