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  • 'If we had had what is vulgarly called a pi-jaw he'd have had hysterics.

    A Diversity of Creatures

  • When one lives in the wilds I am afraid that one often finds that this view is the right one, although it isn't very orthodox; but the pi-jaw which passes for religion seems deliberately calculated to disgust the natural man, who shows his contempt for the thing wholesomely as becomes him.

    My War Experiences in Two Continents

  • Unusual or obsolete words: pi-jaw, foofaraw, anywhen

    NPR Topics: News

  • Just because I mentioned his name to that policeman I had half an hour’s pi-jaw from the old lady.

    Police at the Funeral

  • "I can't talk pi-jaw -- on this subject or any other.

    Charles Rex


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  • From Maurice by E. M. Forster (said by a teacher to a student):

    "Well, Hall, expecting a pi-jaw, eh?"

    January 13, 2009

  • From Ford Madox Ford's _Some Do Not..._, the first volume of _Parade's End_:

    "I'll admit for the moment that you aren't give me pi-jaw."

    "I'm glad," the priest said, "that ye remember eough of yer schooldays to use the old term." (35)

    July 25, 2008

  • Love it! Thanks, knitandpurl. I looked this up to see where it came from--not much info, but the definition is "moralizing or lecturing speech, esp. as addressed to a child by an adult." :-)

    September 26, 2007

  • "The house was even darker then, with the shutters locked and shades made of cambric pulled down over the shelves of bottles and jars. I thought such pi-jaw hardly necessary. For most of my first week, the shop might just as well have been closed." (p 68)

    September 26, 2007