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jib1

[jib]
noun Nautical.
  1. any of various triangular sails set forward of a forestaysail or fore-topmast staysail.Compare flying jib, inner jib.
  2. the inner one of two such sails, set inward from a flying jib.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a jib: jib clew.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of jib1

First recorded in 1655–65; origin uncertain
Can be confusedgibe gybe jib jibe jive
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British Dictionary definitions for cut of one's jib

jib1

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
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin

jib2

verb jibs, jibbing or jibbed (intr) mainly British
  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 forwardsthe horse jibbed at the jump
  3. nautical variant of gybe
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Derived Formsjibber, noun

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin

jib3

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
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Word Origin

C18: probably based on gibbet

jib4

noun
  1. (often plural) South Wales dialect a contortion of the face; a facestop making jibs
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Word Origin

special use of jib 1 (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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jib

see cut of one's jib

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