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Noun: jaw  jo
  1. The part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
     
  2. The bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth
     
  3. Holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object
Verb: jaw  jo
Usage: informal
  1. Talk socially without exchanging too much information
    "the men were sitting in the cafe and jawing";
    - chew the fat [informal], shoot the breeze [N. Amer, informal], chat, confabulate, confab [informal], chitchat [informal], chit-chat [informal], chatter, chaffer, natter [informal], gossip, claver [UK, dialect], visit [N. Amer, informal], chew the rag [informal], gas [informal], gab [informal]
     
  2. Talk incessantly and tiresomely
    - yack [informal], yack away [informal], rattle on [informal], yap away [informal], yak [informal]
     
  3. Bite repeatedly with the teeth, typically to grind food before swallowing it
    "He jawed his bubble gum";
    - chew, masticate, manducate
     
  4. Censure severely or angrily
    - call on the carpet [US, informal], take to task, rebuke, rag [informal], trounce, lecture, reprimand, dress down [informal], call down [informal], scold, chide, berate, bawl out [informal], remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer, informal], chew up [N. Amer, informal], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer, informal], wig [Brit, informal]

Derived forms: jaws, jawed, jawing

Type of: bone, converse, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn [informal], discourse, feature, grate, grind, holding device, knock [informal], lineament, mouth, os[2], pick apart, speak, talk, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Part of: alligator clip [N. Amer], bench vice, bench vise [US], bulldog clip, chuck, crocodile clip [Brit], face, human face, pair of pliers, pliers, plyers, skull, spanner [Brit], vice, vise [US], wrench

Encyclopedia: Jaw