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"jaw" in British English

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jawnoun

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

B2 [C] the lower part of your face that moves when you open your mouth: 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 your mouth that hold your teeth: upper/lower jaw
jaws [plural]
the mouth of a person or animal, especially a large and frightening animal: The lion opened its jaws and roared.
something that opens and closes like the upper and lower parts 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 long time: 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 bony parts bordering the mouth that hold your teeth in place: the upper/lower jaw
(Definition of jaw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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