from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bone of the jaw, especially the bone of the lower jaw.
- transitive v. To try to influence or pressure through strong persuasion, especially to urge to comply voluntarily.
- intransitive v. To urge voluntary compliance with official wishes or guidelines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The bone of the lower jaw; the mandible.
- n. Any of the bones in the lower or upper jaw.
- v. To talk persistently in persuasion of one or more people to cooperate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The bone of either jaw; a maxilla or a mandible.
- v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any bone of the jaws, as a maxillary or mandibular bone; especially, a bone of the lower jaw.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
- n. the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
He believes the find is the first jawbone from a meat-eating dinosaur ever found in Maryland.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.