Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Jaw-breaking; hard to pronounce: as, a Russian crack-jaw name.

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Examples

  • Some swallow it in a thin jelly of metaphysics; for it is even a credit to believe in God on the evidence of some crack-jaw philosopher, although it is a decided slur to believe in

    Lay Morals

  • Why, _I_ knowed a man once -- common factory-hand he was when he started: couldn't read nor write, nor nothin '; but he had his wits about him, all the same, -- well, _he_ cum out here 'bout ten year ago, and went to some place on the Volga, with some crack-jaw name or other that I can't reck'lect.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878.

  • She appeared delighted with my flowers, and called them such crack-jaw names, and told me all about their families, and what relation they were to each other.

    A California Girl

  • Ouled Nail -- don't know whether she came here because of him, or whether he picked her up at Touggourt, but the story is, he could o 'got away before now, with his bloomin' caravan, on that d---- d fool expedition of his you read of in the papers, only he couldn't bring himself to leave this Ahmara, or whatever her crack-jaw name is.

    A Soldier of the Legion

  • God on the evidence of some crack-jaw philosopher, although it is a decided slur to believe in Him on His own authority.

    The Pocket R.L.S., being favourite passages from the works of Stevenson

  • Some swallow it in a thin jelly of metaphysics; for it is even a credit to believe in God on the evidence of some crack-jaw philosopher, although it is a decided slur to believe in Him on His own authority.

    Lay Morals

  • I can get on with French fairly enough, my tongue doesn't seem to be able to form these crack-jaw German words; and you see, marshal, it is not the only one that does not.

    With Frederick the Great A Story of the Seven Years' War

  • I did not know a word of it, when I came out two years ago; and it is always on my mind, for of course I have a master who, when I am not otherwise engaged, comes to me for an hour a day, and well nigh maddens me with his crack-jaw words; but I don't seem to make much progress.

    With Frederick the Great A Story of the Seven Years' War

  • Did gentleman number two feel weak in his pronunciation? let him sound vowels, consonants and crack-jaw syllables, just as Mr. Kemble sounded them on the stage.

    The Stolen Mask; or The Mysterious Cash-box. A Story for a Christmas Fireside

  • Hazel-rods were used to "divine" for water and minerals by professors of an art which received the crack-jaw title of Rhabdomancy.

    Miscellanea

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