glass jaw


: vulnerability (as of a boxer) to knockout punches

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That will to negate, to kick at society’s glass jaw and not call it a tantrum, changed when the romantic death wish became actual death, and Gunn had to see that beloved figure, dead on the kitchen floor, over and over again. The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 But what this does is show Americans that Ron DeSantis is a governor with a glass jaw who cannot tolerate criticism. Lori Rozsa, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2022 And yet based on the current work on the Arrows reel, marketers have punched back at the pandemic, not with a glass jaw but with a stiff British upper lip. John Rash, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 As a collective unit, the defense has developed a glass jaw. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 20 Oct. 2020 First-term Presidents notoriously suffer from a glass jaw in reelection season debates. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2020 Because Bernie Sanders never did what was required to win, Democrats now go into a consequential general election not knowing if Joe Biden has a glass jaw. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, 18 Mar. 2020 The result was another very good Chelsea performance in possession but without the glass jaw that had undermined the club against United. Jonathan Wilson,, 14 Aug. 2019 But after a 1-8 football flop during the bowl season and the recent 0-3 pratfall by the Pac-12 into March mediocrity, the conference's men's sports profile needs to lead with something other than its glass jaw. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, 20 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glass jaw was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Glass jaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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