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chin music

noun, Older Slang.
idle talk; gossip.
Origin of chin music
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chin music
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  • Thereupon a young sprig, from the East, blustered like a Shanghai rooster, and began to sass the conductor with his chin music.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • Their chin music, as they called camp rumors, had it that the officer killed was a Rebel chaplain.

    Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals William H. Armstrong
  • A leetle more of this chin music which your friend Enriquez possesses, and some tapping of the head and neck, and you are there.

  • A few years ago, a boy in London gave exhibitions of what was termed "chin music."

    The Spirit Land

    Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons
British Dictionary definitions for chin music

chin music

noun (informal)
(cricket, baseball) bowling or pitching aimed at the batsman or batter's head
(US) idle conversation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for chin music

chin music

noun phrase

  1. Talk, esp inconsequential chatter; chitchat: chin music calculated to allay her trepidation (1830s+)
  2. Various kinds of raucous shouting at a baseball game, from the crowd, from the players to each other, from the players or manager to the umpires, etc (1880s+ Baseball)
  3. A pitched ball that passes close to the batter's face; beanball: You ever face major league pitching, Berkowitz? You ever face chin music? (1980s+ Baseball)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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