- Informal. a word that is hard to pronounce.
- a very hard, usually round, candy.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for jaw-breaking
But Slade held him up with an iron grip on the jaw-breaking Spanish ring-bit.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
"Walking Along" is the English translation of his jaw-breaking surname.Among the Sioux
R. J. Creswell
Such an educated feller his thoughts just came in herds, He (p. 155) astonished all them cowboys with them jaw-breaking words.Cowboy Songs
I seem to hear pronounced by some of his kin at such a time his original wild name in some jaw-breaking or else melodious tongue.Excursions and Poems
Henry David Thoreau
A question often put when a jaw-breaking word has been intrusively uttered by savants.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- Also called: jawcrusher a device having hinged jaws for crushing rocks and ores
- informal a word that is hard to pronounce
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