jawbone
jawbone jaw"bone` (j[add]"b[=o]n`), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {jawboned} (j[add]"b[=o]nd`); p. pr. & vb. n. {jawboning}.] To attempt to influence solely by talking, as contrasted with threatening or inducing by other means, e.g. legislation; esp. to make public appeals in order to influence the behavior of businessmen or labor leaders; -- used especially of the President or other high government officials; as, to jawbone businessmen into forgoing price increases. [1913 Webster] -- {jaw"bon*ing}, n. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Jawbone — can refer to the following:* Mandible, the lower jaw bone * Maxilla, the upper jaw bone of humans * Jawbone (instrument), a musical instrument made from the jawbone of a donkey, horse, or zebra * Jawbone (musician), blues musician Bob Zabor *… …   Wikipedia

  • Jawbone — Jaw bone , n. The bone of either jaw; a maxilla or a mandible …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jawbone —   [englisch, dʒɔːbəʊn; wörtlich »Kieferknochen«], Quijada …   Universal-Lexikon

  • jawbone — (n.) mid 15c., from JAW (Cf. jaw) (n.) + BONE (Cf. bone) (n.). Hence jawboning lecturing, hectoring, a term associated with the U.S. Lyndon Johnson presidential administration (1966); Cf. JAW (Cf. jaw) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jawbone — ► NOUN ▪ a bone of the jaw, especially that of the lower jaw (the mandible) …   English terms dictionary

  • jawbone — ☆ jawbone [jô′bōn΄] n. a bone of a jaw, esp. of the lower jaw vt., vi. jawboned, jawboning to attempt to persuade by using one s high office or position to apply pressure, as the President might in proposing price and wage controls to business… …   English World dictionary

  • jawbone —    American    credit    You talk the seller into parting with the goods without paying for them. Usually in the phrase on jawbone:     Many ranchers did all their William Lake business on jawbone, paying once a year when they sold their crops of …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • jawbone — UK [ˈdʒɔːˌbəʊn] / US [ˈdʒɔˌboʊn] noun [countable] Word forms jawbone : singular jawbone plural jawbones the bone that supports the lower part of your face and moves so that you can open and close your mouth …   English dictionary

  • jawbone — /ˈdʒɔboʊn/ (say jawbohn) noun 1. any bone of the jaws; a maxilla or mandible. 2. the bone of the lower jaw. –verb (i) (jawboned, jawboning) 3. Colloquial to talk, especially at length, as in expounding an idea, presenting an argument, etc. {jaw + …   Australian English dictionary

  • jawbone — jawboning, n., adj. /jaw bohn /, n., v., jawboned, jawboning, adj. n. 1. a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible. 2. the bone of the lower jaw; mandible. v.t., v.i. 3. Informal. to attempt to influence or pressure by persuasion rather than by …   Universalium

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