- of or relating to a jib: jib clew.
- cut of one's jib, one's general appearance, mien, or manner: I could tell by the cut of his jib that he wasn't the kind of person I'd want to deal with.
Origin of jib1
- nautical any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
- cut of someone's jib someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
- the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
- the face or nose
- (often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
- (of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
- nautical variant of gybe
- the projecting arm of a crane or the boom of a derrick, esp one that is pivoted to enable it to be raised or lowered
- (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
Word Origin and History for cut of one's jib
"foresail of a ship," 1660s, gibb, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to gibbet, from notion of a sail "hanging" from a masthead [Barnhart, OED]. Or perhaps from jib (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (1690s), from Dutch gijben, apparently related to gijk "boom or spar of a sailing ship." Said to indicate a ship's character to an observant sailor as a strange vessel approaches at sea; also nautical slang for "face," hence cut of (one's) jib "personal appearance" (1821).
Idioms and Phrases with cut of one's jib
cut of one's jib
One's general appearance or personality, as in I don't like the cut of Ben's jib. In the 17th century the shape of the jib sail often identified a vessel's nationality, and hence whether it was hostile or friendly. The term was being used figuratively by the early 1800s, often to express like or dislike for someone.
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