jawbone [ jaw-bohn ]
1. a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible.
2. the bone of the lower jaw; mandible.
verb (used with or without object), jaw·boned, jaw·bon·ing.
3. Informal. to attempt to influence or pressure by persuasion rather than by the exertion of force or one's authority, as in urging voluntary compliance with economic guidelines: The president jawboned the steel industry into postponing price increases.
4. Informal. obtained by or resorting to such a practice: jawbone controls.
OTHER WORDS FROM JAWBONE
jaw·bon·ing, noun, adjective
WORDS RELATED TO JAWBONE
scold, chide, berate, admonish, upbraid, censure, castigate, reprimand, oppose, reproach, discredit, rebuke, wheedle, cajole, tease, induce, entice, tempt, point, jaw
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Origin: First recorded in 1480–90; jaw + bone
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