jawbone (to)

 Talk someone into doing what you want; persuade with pressure.
 ► “Business rose up against Mr. Clinton when early in his presidency he sought to enact universal health care by requiring all employers to pay most of their employees’ health insurance bills. Now, he has stripped government from the mix and is seeking to do little more than jawbone companies into becoming better corporate citizens.” (Wall Street Journal, March 25, 1996, p. B7)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • Jawbone — can refer to the following:* Mandible, the lower jaw bone * Maxilla, the upper jaw bone of humans * Jawbone (instrument), a musical instrument made from the jawbone of a donkey, horse, or zebra * Jawbone (musician), blues musician Bob Zabor *… …   Wikipedia

  • jawbone — jaw bone (j[add] b[=o]n ), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {jawboned} (j[add] b[=o]nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {jawboning}.] To attempt to influence solely by talking, as contrasted with threatening or inducing by other means, e.g. legislation; esp. to make… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jawbone — Jaw bone , n. The bone of either jaw; a maxilla or a mandible …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jawbone —   [englisch, dʒɔːbəʊn; wörtlich »Kieferknochen«], Quijada …   Universal-Lexikon

  • jawbone — (n.) mid 15c., from JAW (Cf. jaw) (n.) + BONE (Cf. bone) (n.). Hence jawboning lecturing, hectoring, a term associated with the U.S. Lyndon Johnson presidential administration (1966); Cf. JAW (Cf. jaw) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • jawbone — ► NOUN ▪ a bone of the jaw, especially that of the lower jaw (the mandible) …   English terms dictionary

  • jawbone — ☆ jawbone [jô′bōn΄] n. a bone of a jaw, esp. of the lower jaw vt., vi. jawboned, jawboning to attempt to persuade by using one s high office or position to apply pressure, as the President might in proposing price and wage controls to business… …   English World dictionary

  • jawbone —    American    credit    You talk the seller into parting with the goods without paying for them. Usually in the phrase on jawbone:     Many ranchers did all their William Lake business on jawbone, paying once a year when they sold their crops of …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • jawbone — UK [ˈdʒɔːˌbəʊn] / US [ˈdʒɔˌboʊn] noun [countable] Word forms jawbone : singular jawbone plural jawbones the bone that supports the lower part of your face and moves so that you can open and close your mouth …   English dictionary

  • jawbone — /ˈdʒɔboʊn/ (say jawbohn) noun 1. any bone of the jaws; a maxilla or mandible. 2. the bone of the lower jaw. –verb (i) (jawboned, jawboning) 3. Colloquial to talk, especially at length, as in expounding an idea, presenting an argument, etc. {jaw + …   Australian English dictionary

  • jawbone — jawboning, n., adj. /jaw bohn /, n., v., jawboned, jawboning, adj. n. 1. a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible. 2. the bone of the lower jaw; mandible. v.t., v.i. 3. Informal. to attempt to influence or pressure by persuasion rather than by …   Universalium

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