the jaws of death

Definition of the jaws of death

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

Word by Word Definitions

jaw play 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

  2. : the parts constituting the walls of the mouth and serving to open and close it

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

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

  2. : to talk to in a scolding or boring manner

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

  2. : an instance of dying

  3. : the cause or occasion of loss of life


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