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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Persistent chatter or talk.


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  • But now I realize that that wasn't the point, we have to serve misinformation scathing "chin-music" whenever we are encountered with it.

    Report: General Election Map Favors Obama

  • Then the 102mph chin-music.... and the John Kruk jelly-knees... and a reorientation of priorities.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Blood is blood, and nature's nature, and passion's passion, and gew-gaws don't count -- no, nor polite chin-music either.

    Colorado Jim

  • A little chin-music from your oncle 'Arry shall finish it!

    Short Stories of Various Types

  • He never lets up -- keeps his chin-music goin 'right along when he's asleep, only worse.

    Chapter 15

  • "I've jes 'blew in fur a trifle of chin-music," replied Hervey with an emphatic U.S.A. accent.

    The Green Mummy

  • I thought 'twas only chin-music she was givin 'me.

    Oh, Money! Money!

  • Of course, I'm awfully obliged to you for making that chin-music to her of evenings.

    Roads of Destiny

  • So it appears that chin-music without charity is not calculated to pay very large dividends in the interesting ultimate; that a man may be full of faith, and pregnant with prophecy, and chock-a-block with knowledge and redolent of religious mystery, -- that he may leak sanctification in the musical accents of an angel and still be "nothing" -- a pitiful hole in the atmosphere, a chimera circulating in a vacuum and foolishly imagining itself a man.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

  • "That's so, only it was later in the evening that the woman came along to give chin-music through the window.

    The Green Mummy


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  • Another definition is a pitch in baseball that is high and inside and makes the batter back up so they don't get hit in the face. It's chin music because it's so close, they can hear the air whoosh by. Sometimes it's intentional if the batter has been crowding the plate. Sometimes it's just a wild pitch.

    That definition is represented under the entry for chin music, but some examples use the hyphen too.

    July 22, 2015

  • chatterbox = chin musician

    July 22, 2015

  • Let us not be overly guilty of this.

    December 5, 2010