jawboning

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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