from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A bone of the jaw, especially the bone of the lower jaw.
- intransitive verb To try to influence or pressure through strong persuasion, especially to urge to comply voluntarily.
- intransitive verb To urge voluntary compliance with official wishes or guidelines.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Any bone of the jaws, as a maxillary or mandibular bone; especially, a bone of the lower jaw.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- verb To attempt to influence solely by talking, as contrasted with threatening or inducing by other means, e.g. legislation; esp. to make public appeals in order to influence the behavior of businessmen or labor leaders; -- used especially of the President or other high government officials.
- noun The bone of either jaw; a maxilla or a mandible.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The
boneof the lower jaw; the mandible.
- noun Any of the bones in the lower or upper jaw.
- verb To talk
persistentlyin persuasionof one or more people to cooperate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
- noun the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
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He believes the find is the first jawbone from a meat-eating dinosaur ever found in Maryland.
Dinosaur jawbone found in Laurel Washington Post editors 2010
The membrane behind the jawbone is essentially avascular and bleeds very little, if at all, and although I have no doubt that this procedure causes some minor discomfort for the fish, keep in mind these creatures routinely eat very spiny baitfish, so they are used to puncture wounds inside the mouth.
She has no idea where the jawbone is or if it has been buried.
His skull was broken open and his jawbone was a short distance away.
The Forensics of War Junger, Sebastian 1999
When they have ceased to run, the bundle is opened and the bones taken out and buried, except the lower jawbone, which is preserved, sometimes along with one of the lower arm bones.
Will the new administration "jawbone" the markets or introduce unexpected proposals?
When Bush first ran for president in 2000, he criticized the Clinton administration for high fuel prices and said the president must "jawbone" oil producing nations and persuade them to drop rates.
Have I mentioned how much I hate hypocrisy? Sinfonian 2008
At the GOP debate in Manchester NH on January 26, 2000, Bush said he would be the most successful at keeping oil prices low because he would "jawbone" OPEC nations to keep oil prices down.
Three Big Fibs on the Economy Ellen Beth Gill 2008
Maybe that's why the Saudis told Bush to jump in the sand when he asked for more oil despite Bush's 2000 election promise to "jawbone" them into lowering oil prices.
More Wall Street Profits, More Drilling, More Refineries, Less Innovation Ellen Beth Gill 2008
All the players are in place: silent, petulant Bush demanding not to be questioned because he's the Decider; Dick Cheney is the Enforcer, twisting senators 'arms and breathing his brimstone in their faces (any time you see "jawbone" used as a verb, you know Cheney must be in the vicinity); an appointee of the executive testifying to the need for a radical consolidation of power in one agency, a la Ashcroft 2001.