jawbone

[jaw-bohn]
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:
1480–90; jaw1 + bone

jawboning, noun, adjective
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jawbone (ˈdʒɔːˌbəʊn)
 
n
1.  mandible a nontechnical name for maxilla
 
vb
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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jawbone jaw·bone (jô'bōn')
n.
The maxilla or, especially, the mandible.

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Slang Dictionary

jaw(bone) definition


  1. tv.
    to try to persuade someone verbally; to apply verbal pressure to someone. : They tried to jawbone me into doing it.
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Example sentences
Snakes don't have external ear parts, but they do have fully formed inner ears
  that are connected to the jawbone.
His skull was broken open and his jawbone was a short distance away.
The new fossil find consists mainly of jawbone fragments, upper and lower
  teeth, and a thigh bone.
On a clear day, they resemble the jawbone of a shark and bear the aggrieved
  purple color of an approaching squall.
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