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- adv. In close proximity; crammed uncomfortably close together.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. side by side; very intimate.
- n. with the cheeks close together; side by side; in close proximity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in close proximity
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For the Head Count of Rome deprived of food was a prospect no one living cheek by jowl with them could face without a thrill of fear.
In January, 1880, a fellow named Joe Grant, arrived at Fort Sumner, and was straightaway cheek by jowl with the Kid and his companions.
But such regard for the fitness of a person or class of persons for the functions they are called upon to perform does not mean surrender to rowdyism which cloaks itself in the garb of race prejudice, is ready to be cheek by jowl with the Negro at one instant and treat him with indignity the next.
Cy Twombly's paintings are today on view at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London, cheek by jowl with works by the 17th century master Nicolas Poussin, and a stone's throw from paintings by Rubens and Rembrandt.