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jaw·​bone ˈjȯ-ˌbōn How to pronounce jawbone (audio)
: jaw sense 1a
especially : mandible


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jawboned; jawboning; jawbones

transitive verb

: to speak forcefully and persuasively to
jawboned them into accepting the deal

intransitive verb

: to talk especially forcefully and persuasively
jawboning about the tax cuts

Examples of jawbone in a Sentence

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Law enforcement and volunteers from Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit search and recovery organization, conducted additional searches of the woods in the days after Paige’s remains were discovered and recovered a human jawbone and rib bone. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 7 Sep. 2023 The plaintiffs allege that instead of expanding their jawbones, the AGGA left them with damaged gums, loose teeth, and eroded bone. CBS News, 15 Mar. 2023 His two hundred or so paintings consist of a strict diet of burgomasters, brewers, pipe smokers, regents, street urchins, people holding various things in their hands (donkey’s jawbone, stretched pig’s bladder), and hundreds of Dutch heads plattered on flat linen collars and millstone ruffs. Zachary Fine, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2023 Among them, the vertebrae and the mandible (jawbone) are particularly prominent. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 The mammoth’s jawbone, containing molars the size of a man’s shoe, was collected at the same site. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Oct. 2023 Law enforcement and volunteers from Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit search and recovery organization, conducted additional searches of those woods in the days after that discovery and recovered a human jawbone and rib bone, according to the testimony. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 24 July 2023 Dental records were used to identify the skull and jawbone as belonging to Paige. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 7 Sep. 2023 The oral surgeon then drills a hole in the patient's jawbone and screws the titanium implant into that hole. Geri Stengel, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023
Testimony can be expected as well from the two top Michigan state lawmakers who were summoned to the White House and jawboned to change the Michigan electors. Time, 14 Aug. 2023 Judge Terry Doughty ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in proving that a bombardment of takedown requests by emails and calls from White House and federal agency officials forced the social media companies’ hands, amounting to a practice known as jawboning. WIRED, 24 July 2023 Except, that is, for eight exceptions in which the feds may jawbone away. Rob Pegoraro, The New Republic, 7 July 2023 Once known for jawboning the Saudis to pump more oil and thereby lower the price, the president now finds himself in the uncomfortable position of trying to raise oil prices so US energy companies can earn a profit. Jacob Bogage, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2020 Before the 2018 midterm elections, when the price of gasoline was rising to nearly $3 per gallon, Trump jawboned Saudi Arabia to boost its production to get prices down. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2020 In the months following the first tidings of COVID-19 from China, Trump played down its potential impact—attempting to jawbone a virus, or at least the perception of it. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2020 Investors should by now be wise to jawboning from the White House. Charles Riley, CNN, 8 Dec. 2019 Former mayor Tom Menino tried to jawbone Partners HealthCare into consolidating its offices there at one point. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of jawbone was in the 15th century

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“Jawbone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jawbone. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: one of the bones of an animal's jaw
especially : mandible sense 1a

Medical Definition


: jaw sense 1
especially : mandible

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