jawbone

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jaw +‎ bone

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jawbone (countable and uncountable, plural jawbones)

  1. (countable) The bone of the lower jaw; the mandible.
  2. (countable) Any of the bones in the lower or upper jaw.
  3. (countable, singular or plural, music) A shaken musical instrument (an idiophone) made from the jawbone of an animal and shaken such that the teeth vibrate in their sockets to produce sound.
  4. (uncountable, slang, archaic) Credit.
    • 1862, October 21, Times Correspondent
      We have a few persons whose pockets are to let—men who have more complaints than dollars—individuals who, in digger's parlance, live on jawbone (credit), and are always to be found at saloons; a class of men who, when they are here, wish themselves yonder, and when yonder, wish themselves back.

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jawbone (third-person singular simple present jawbones, present participle jawboning, simple past and past participle jawboned)

  1. To talk persistently in an attempt to persuade somebody to cooperate.

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