the jaws of death

Definition of the jaws of death

  1. :  dying or being killed He barely escaped from the jaws of death.

Word by Word Definitions

jawplay jaws
  1. :  either of two complex cartilaginous or bony structures in most vertebrates that border the mouth, support the soft parts enclosing it, usually bear teeth on their oral margin, and are an upper that is more or less firmly fused with the skull and a lower that is hinged, movable, and articulated with the temporal bone of either side — compare mandible, maxilla

    :  any of various organs of invertebrates that perform the function of the vertebrate jaws

    :  something resembling the jaw of an animal: such as

  1. :  to talk especially abusively, indignantly, or long-windedly

    :  to talk to in a scolding or boring manner

deathplay
  1. :  a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions :  the end of life — compare brain death

    :  an instance of dying

    :  the cause or occasion of loss of life


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