jawboned
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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  • jawboned — n. one or both of the bones which form the framework of the mouth, mandible or maxilla v. attempt to influence or persuade …   English contemporary 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

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jawboning — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jawboning — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jawbone — I. noun Date: 15th century jaw 1a; especially mandible II. verb Date: 1965 transitive verb to speak forcefully and persuasively to < jawboned them into accepting the deal > intransitive verb t …   New Collegiate 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 — ☆ 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

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