- Informal. to attempt to influence or pressure by persuasion rather than by the exertion of force or one's authority, as in urging voluntary compliance with economic guidelines: The president jawboned the steel industry into postponing price increases.
- Informal. obtained by or resorting to such a practice: jawbone controls.
Origin of jawbone
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Examples from the Web for jawboning
Pelosi confided that her counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Reid, has little patience for jawboning.Nancy Pelosi’s Brass Knuckles
September 7, 2012
- US to try to persuade or bring pressure to bear (on) by virtue of one's high office or position, esp in urging compliance with official policy
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Word Origin and History for jawboning
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- The maxilla or, especially, the mandible.
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