1. [noun] the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth

  2. [noun] the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth

  3. [noun] holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object

  4. [verb] talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
    Synonyms: chew the fat, shoot the breeze, chat, confabulate, confab, chitchat, chatter, chaffer, natter, gossip, claver, visit

  5. [verb] talk incessantly and tiresomely
    Synonyms: yack, yack away, rattle on, yap away

  6. [verb] chew (food); "He jawed his bubble gum"; "Chew your food and don't swallow it!"; "The cows were masticating the grass"
    Synonyms: chew, masticate, manducate

  7. [verb] censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
    Synonyms: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast


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