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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
  1. Talk socially without exchanging too much information
    "the men were sitting in the cafe and jawing";
    - chew the fat, shoot the breeze [N. Amer], chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chit-chat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, claver [UK, dialect], visit, gas, gab
  2. Talk incessantly and tiresomely
    - yack, yack away, rattle on, yap away, yak
  3. Chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth
    "He jawed his bubble gum";
    - chew, masticate, manducate
  4. Censure severely or angrily
    - call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer]

Derived forms: jawing, jawed, jaws

Type of: bone, converse, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, discourse, feature, grate, grind, holding device, knock, 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