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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of chinning oneself, practiced especially as a fitness exercise. Also called pull-up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exercise done for strengthening the arms and back, in which one lifts one's own weight while hanging from a bar. It can be defined more restrictively on criteria like the arms starting at lock-out, or the chin requiring contact with the bottom of the bar, or touching the neck to the bar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an arm exercise performed by pulling oneself up on a horizontal bar until the chin is level with or above the bar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
  • n. an arm exercise performed by pulling yourself up on a horizontal bar until your chin is level with the bar


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  • The corncob chin-up, at right, requires an exerciser at the top of a pull-up to shift his body right, then left, as if the pole were a cob off which he is eating corn.

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  • Bust a Move Jason Lee A corncob chin-up requires an exerciser at the top of a pull-up to shift his body right, then left.

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  • In the fitness studio behind his home, Tony Horton grabbed a chin-up bar and lifted himself, attempting to execute a routine called the gyrating lever.

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  • In fact, he does just the opposite: He shows them ways to cheat, such as doing push-ups on one's knees, planting one leg on a chair while doing pull-ups and using exercise bands in place of chin-up bars.

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  • Do they adopt a chin-up attitude and soldier on, having traveled too far on the science path to turn around?

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  • Yet aside from some lamenting of lost manners, no one seems to miss the old days very much, not even the WASPs, who have more or less tried to be chin-up.

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  • Then there's Power 90 Extreme dubbed "P90X" an intensive three-month DVD workout (with resistance bands, chin-up bar and other small equipment) and nutrition plan that's sold 2.5 million units since its 2005 launch.

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  • Now—as the only female living in the house—I tend to just wander by their manly chin-up challenges, usually with an attempt at coaxing them into using their Herculean strength to help me—their mother—carry the huge piles of warm laundry from the dryer to the couch to be folded.

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