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jaw•bone



Pronunciation: ( jô'bōn"), [key]
n., v., -boned, -bon•ing,
adj.


n.
1. a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible.
2. the bone of the lower jaw; mandible.

v.t., v.i.
Informal.to attempt to influence or pressure by persuasion rather than by the exertion of force or one's authority, as in urging voluntary compliance with economic guidelines: The President jawboned the steel industry into postponing price increases.

adj.
Informal.obtained by or resorting to such a practice: jawbone controls.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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