take it on the chin


the lower extremity of the face, below the mouth.
the prominence of the lower jaw.
Informal. chin-up.
verb (used with object), chinned, chinning.
to bring one's chin up to (a horizontal bar, from which one is hanging by the hands), by bending the elbows.
to raise (oneself) to this position.
to raise or hold to the chin, as a violin.
Archaic. to talk to; chatter with.
verb (used without object), chinned, chinning.
Gymnastics. to chin oneself.
Slang. to talk; chatter: We sat up all night chinning about our college days.
keep one's chin up, to maintain a cheerful disposition in spite of difficulties, disappointments, etc. Also, chin up.
take it on the chin, Informal.
to suffer defeat; fail completely.
to endure suffering or punishment.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cin(n); cognate with Dutch kin, German Kinn chin, Old Norse kinn, Gothic kinnus cheek, Latin gena, Greek génus chin, gnáthos jaw (see genial2, -gnathous), Sanskrit hanus jaw

chinless, adjective
underchin, noun
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chin (tʃɪn)
1.  the protruding part of the lower jaw
2.  the front part of the face below the lipsRelated: genial
3.  keep one's chin up Sometimes shortened to: chin up! to keep cheerful under difficult circumstances
4.  informal take it on the chin to face squarely up to a defeat, adversity, etc
vb , chins, chinning, chinned
5.  gymnastics to raise one's chin to (a horizontal bar, etc) when hanging by the arms
6.  informal (tr) to punch or hit (someone) on the chin
Related: genial
[Old English cinn; related to Old Norse kinn, Old High German kinni, Latin gena cheek, Old Irish gin mouth, Sanskrit hanu]

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O.E. cin, a general Gmc. word, from PIE base *genw- "chin, jawbone."
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chin (chĭn)
The prominence formed by the anterior projection of the lower jaw.

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take it on the chin

Suffer adversity or defeat, as in Paul really took it on the chin today when he got fired for missing a deadline. This idiom alludes to taking a physical blow on the chin. [First half of 1900s]

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