lead with one's chin

Take a risk, behave without caution. For example, Gordon always says exactly what he thinks; he never minds leading with his chin. This term alludes to a boxer leaving his chin, a vulnerable point, unprotected. [Mid-1900s]


Nearby words

  1. lead track,
  2. lead tree,
  3. lead up the garden path,
  4. lead up to,
  5. lead white,
  6. lead-free,
  7. lead-in,
  8. lead-off,
  9. lead-pipe cinch,
  10. lead-up

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