jawbones; jawboning; jawboned

To jawbone is to talk informally. Think "schmooze," "talk up," or "chit chat;" it's a word to use when the act of talking is more important than what's being talked about.

In a financial or political context, jawboning is a form of persuasion. When Lyndon B. Johnson attempted to jawbone rising interest-rates in 1966, he was attempting to change the behavior of the markets without taking direct action. Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fireside Chats can be seen as jawboning as well, as FDR enlisted support first for New Deal programs and then for the US role in World War II through informal, friendly radio-broadcast "chats."

Definitions of jawbone
  1. noun
    the jaw in vertebrates that is hinged to open the mouth
    synonyms: jowl, lower jaw, lower jawbone, mandible, mandibula, mandibular bone, submaxilla
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    lantern jaw
    a long thin lower jaw
    type of:
    a movable speech organ
    the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
  2. verb
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    synonyms: schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
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    type of:
    chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
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