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"jaw" in British English

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jawnoun

uk   /dʒɔː/  us   /dʒɑː/
  • jaw noun (BODY PART)

B2 [C] the ​lowerpart of ​yourface that ​moves when you ​openyourmouth: a ​broken jawUS a ​punch in the jawUK a ​punch on the jaw He has a ​strong/​square jaw.
[C] either of the two ​bones in ​yourmouth that ​holdyourteeth: upper/​lower jaw
jaws [plural]
the ​mouth of a ​person or ​animal, ​especially a ​large and ​frighteninganimal: The ​lionopenedits jaws and ​roared.
something that ​opens and ​closes like the ​upper and ​lowerparts of a ​mouth: His ​foot was ​caught in the jaws of the ​trap.

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  • jaw noun (TALK)

[S] informal a ​talk: I ​met Jane and we had a good jaw over ​lunch.

jawverb [I]

uk   /dʒɔː/  us   /dʒɑː/ informal
to ​talk for a ​longtime: He was jawing away to his ​girlfriend for ​hours on the ​phone.
(Definition of jaw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jaw" in American English

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jawnoun [C]

 us   /dʒɔ/
either of the two ​bonypartsbordering the ​mouth that ​holdyourteeth in ​place: the ​upper/​lower jaw
(Definition of jaw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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