cheek by jowl


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One block over, in an area where mobile homes sit cheek by jowl with modest bungalows, 28-year-old Martin Herrera was marveling that his trailer had survived unscathed. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 30 Sep. 2022 Succulents tend to come packed into adorable little dishes, all crammed together cheek by jowl. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2022 Instead, Frankfurter, his law clerks, and his secretary all worked together cheek by jowl in a center office. Justin Driver, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2022 Because camping was so popular, budget-minded vacationers were sometimes cheek by jowl with the down-and-out. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2022 Commuters and touring passengers with cameras around their necks sometimes sat cheek by jowl, taking in the sights of flashing neon billboards, junk boats and shard-like skyscrapers rising toward Victoria Peak. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Fans pack in cheek by jowl well before the first pitch and long after the final out. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 And e-cargobikes are nimble, which will become increasingly important as more and more of us opt to live cheek by jowl in cities, where road space will always be in short supply. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 This meant that the sacred and the profane lived cheek by jowl—intimately connected and yet incommensurable with each other. Peter Brown, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cheek by jowl was in 1577

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“Cheek by jowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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