verb (used with or without object), jaw·boned, jaw·bon·ing.
- Informal. 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.
- Informal. obtained by or resorting to such a practice: jawbone controls.
- US to try to persuade or bring pressure to bear (on) by virtue of one’s high office or position, esp in urging compliance with official policy
- The maxilla or, especially, the mandible.