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jawbone

noun jaw·bone \ ˈjȯ-ˌbōn \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of jawbone

: jaw 1a; especially : mandible

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First Known Use of jawbone

15th century

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jawbone

verb

Definition of jawbone

jawboned; jawboning; jawbones
: to speak forcefully and persuasively to
  • jawboned them into accepting the deal
: to talk especially forcefully and persuasively
  • jawboning about the tax cuts

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First Known Use of jawbone

1965

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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JAWBONE Defined for English Language Learners

jawbone

Definition of jawbone for English Language Learners

  • : the bone that forms the lower jaw


JAWBONE Defined for Kids

jawbone

noun jaw·bone \ ˈjȯ-ˌbōn \

Definition of jawbone for Students

: jaw 1

Medical Dictionary

jawbone

noun jaw·bone \ ˈjȯ-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn \

medical Definition of jawbone

: jaw 1; especially : mandible


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