n. A man's chest, especially when revealed by an unbuttoned shirt.
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Having come of age post-Take That, in an era where JLS leads the way in cheeky winks to camera and male cleavage (the hevage, bulging beneath American Apparel extended V-necks like a beast about to burst from a chest, signifying, in the same way Ridley Scott's phallic birthing alien did, both the masculine and feminine in one single swell), One Direction has got the combination of sex and son down pat.
—Eva Wiseman, “Up front: Eva Wiseman,” The Observer, December 12, 2010
In what must appear to be the strangest manoeuvre in the age-old battle of the sexes, men, after centuries of contemplating the feminine cleavage with a mixture of lust, envy, and aesthetic detachment, have finally decided enough is enough, and gotten themselves their own cleavage — a 'male cleavage' — best showcased through the he-vage T-shirt.
—Lhendup Bhutia, “The Murse code,” DNA, September 26, 2010
2007 (earliest)
The question is: how much of his chest or 'he-vage' should a man reveal when he's wearing a shirt?
—Ursula Hirschkorn, “How much he-vage should a man show?,” Daily Mail, October 04, 2007