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jib1

[jib] /dʒɪb/
noun, Nautical.
1.
any of various triangular sails set forward of a forestaysail or fore-topmast staysail.
2.
the inner one of two such sails, set inward from a flying jib.
adjective
3.
of or relating to a jib:
jib clew.
Idioms
4.
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
1655-1665
First recorded in 1655-65; origin uncertain
Can be confused
gibe, gybe, jib, jibe, jive.
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British Dictionary definitions for cut of one's jib

jib1

/dʒɪb/
noun
1.
(nautical) any triangular sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
2.
cut of someone's jib, someone's manner, behaviour, style, etc
3.
(obsolete)
  1. the lower lip, usually when it protrudes forwards in a grimace
  2. the face or nose
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin

jib2

/dʒɪb/
verb (intransitive) (mainly Brit) jibs, jibbing, jibbed
1.
(often foll by at) to be reluctant (to); hold back (from); balk (at)
2.
(of an animal) to stop short and refuse to go forwards: the horse jibbed at the jump
3.
(nautical) variant of gybe
Derived Forms
jibber, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin

jib3

/dʒɪb/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C18: probably based on gibbet

jib4

/dʒɪb/
noun
1.
(often pl) (South Wales, dialect) a contortion of the face; a face: stop making jibs
Word Origin
special use of jib1 (in the sense: lower lip, face)
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Word Origin and History for cut of one's jib

jib

n.

"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).

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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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