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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 object), verb (used 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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Examples from the web for jawbone
  • 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.
  • She tossed a fish eye and then a jawbone to the husky standing, panting at her feet.
  • jawbone has been an innovator in the headset space for some time now.
  • In advanced cases, where bacteria have eaten away at the jawbone that anchors the teeth, bone grafts are necessary.
  • Using anchors of stainless steel or vitallium to implant the replacement often causes infection or deterioration of the jawbone.
  • There's no earpiece needed because sounds are transmitted through vibrations in your teeth and jawbone.
  • Then, going through holes in the guide, the dentist drills holes in the jawbone to receive the implants.
British Dictionary definitions for jawbone


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 jawbone

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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jawbone in Medicine

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for jawbone

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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