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jawbone

[jaw-bohn] /ˈdʒɔˌboʊn/
noun
1.
a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible.
2.
the bone of the lower jaw; mandible.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jawboned, jawboning.
3.
Informal. to attempt to influence or pressure by persuasion rather than by the exertion of force or one's authority, as in urging voluntary compliance with economic guidelines:
The president jawboned the steel industry into postponing price increases.
adjective
4.
Informal. obtained by or resorting to such a practice:
jawbone controls.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; jaw1 + bone
Related forms
jawboning, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jaw bone

jawbone

/ˈdʒɔːˌbəʊn/
noun
1.
a nontechnical name for mandible (or (less commonly)) maxilla
verb
2.
(US) to try to persuade or bring pressure to bear (on) by virtue of one's high office or position, esp in urging compliance with official policy
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Word Origin and History for jaw bone

jawbone

n.

mid-15c., from jaw (n.) + bone (n.). Hence jawboning "lecturing, hectoring," a term associated with the U.S. Lyndon Johnson presidential administration (1966); cf. jaw (v.).

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jaw bone in Medicine

jawbone jaw·bone (jô'bōn')
n.
The maxilla or, especially, the mandible.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jaw bone

jawbone

noun

Credit or trust, esp financial: Try as he might he got no jawbone from the bankers (1862+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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