Pronunciation: ( jô'bōn"), [key]
— n., v., adj. -boned, -bon•ing,
- a bone of either jaw; a maxilla or mandible.
- the bone of the lower jaw; mandible.
- 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.
- obtained by or resorting to such a practice: jawbone controls.
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