cheek by jowl


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cheek by jowl

Positioned very close together. (The cheek and the jowl—the lower part of the jaw—are in close proximity to each other on the face.) You couldn't fit a piece of paper in the storage room now—all those boxes are stacked in there cheek by jowl.
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cheek by jowl

Fig. side by side; close together. The pedestrians had to walk cheek by jowl along the narrow streets. The two families lived cheek by jowl in one house.
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cheek by jowl

Side by side, close together, as in In that crowded subway car we stood cheek by jowl, virtually holding one another up. This term dates from the 16th century, when it replaced cheek by cheek.
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cheek by jowl

COMMON If people or things are cheek by jowl, they are very close together, especially in a way that seems strange. The two communities had lived cheek by jowl. The houses of the rich and poor stood cheek by jowl. Note: `Jowl' is an old-fashioned word for `cheek'.
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cheek by jowl

close together; side by side.
Jowl here is used in the sense ‘cheek’; the phrase was originally cheek by cheek .
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ˌcheek by ˈjowl (with somebody/something)

side by side (with somebody/something); very near: If he’d known that he was to find himself seated cheek by jowl with his old enemy he wouldn’t have attended the dinner.
The jowl is the lower part of the cheek and so the cheek and the jowl are next to each other.
See also: cheek

cheek by jowl

Side by side; close together.
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