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Monday, October 16, 2017

Definitions for jawbreaker

  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.

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Citations for jawbreaker
Nor you cannot say, 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychyndrobwlantysiligogogoch!'--You try? I say it slowly--" Though Howell had repeated the jaw-breaker twenty times, John Willie Garden would still have maintained the silence of defence. Oliver Onions, Mushroom Town, 1914
Even that word she couldn't say--suppose it was a jawbreaker like "discorporated" or "discorporeal," so what? Stephen King, Pet Sematary, 1983
Origin of jawbreaker
1830-1840
Jawbreaker was first recorded in the 1830s. It’s a blend of the words jaw and breaker.