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jawbreaker

[jaw-brey-ker]
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noun
  1. Informal. a word that is hard to pronounce.
  2. a very hard, usually round, candy.
  3. Also called jaw crusher. Mining. a machine used to break up ore, consisting of a fixed plate and a hinged jaw moved by a toggle joint.

Origin of jawbreaker

First recorded in 1830–40; jaw1 + breaker1
Related formsjaw·break·ing, adjectivejaw·break·ing·ly, adverb
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  • He had been careful, however, to pick the jawbreaker up and put it in his mouth.

    Pee-Wee Harris Adrift

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • Well, you see, hes the only fellow in the club who knows how to pronounce the names of those Russian and Polish jawbreaker towns.

    Anecdotes of the Great War

    Carleton Britton Case


British Dictionary definitions for jawbreaker

jawbreaker

noun
  1. Also called: jawcrusher a device having hinged jaws for crushing rocks and ores
  2. informal a word that is hard to pronounce
Derived Formsjawbreaking, adjectivejawbreakingly, adverb
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