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[jaw-bohn] /ˈdʒɔˌboʊn/
a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible.
the bone of the lower jaw; mandible.
verb (used with or without object), jawboned, jawboning.
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.
Informal. obtained by or resorting to such a practice:
jawbone controls.
Origin of jawbone
1480-90; jaw1 + bone
Related forms
jawboning, noun, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for jaw-bone


a nontechnical name for mandible (or (less commonly)) maxilla
(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



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')
The maxilla or, especially, the mandible.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jaw-bone

ish kabibble


An exclamation of indifference, nonchalance, etc: ''Ishkabibble,'' or ''I should worry''/It was a pretty abrupt transition from la belle epoque into the Space Age, but ish kabibble

[1921+; origin unknown; perhaps an alteration of Yiddish nit or nisht gefidlt; apparently introduced and perhaps coined by the comedienne Fanny Brice]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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jaw-bone in the Bible

of an ass afforded Samson a weapon for the great slaughter of the Philistines (Judg. 15.15), in which he slew a thousand men. In verse 19 the Authorized Version reads, "God clave a hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout." This is a mis-translation of the words. The rendering should be as in the Revised Version, "God clave the hollow place that is in Lehi," etc., Lehi (q.v.) being the name of the hill where this conflict was waged, possibly so called because it was in shape like a jaw-bone.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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