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cut of (one's) jib

A person's general appearance, manner, mien, style, demeanor, or personality. A reference to the jib sails of a boat (which denoted a ship's allegiance, and therefore potential hostility), it is usually used in the phrase "like the cut of one's jib. I like the cut of your jib—you've got a brazenness in business that's pretty rare these days. I'm not sure why I don't get along with Sarah. I just don't like the cut of her jib.
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cut of one's jib

One's general appearance or personality, as in I don't like the cut of Ben's jib. In the 17th century the shape of the jib sail often identified a vessel's nationality, and hence whether it was hostile or friendly. The term was being used figuratively by the early 1800s, often to express like or dislike for someone.
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He told me "The ghost of John the Jibber is said to haunt the area around Marsden Rock.
Mind you, when the old yin had his sensible head on again after a verbal volley which would hardly have been justified if Paul Carberry had been a mass murderer, he agreed that even an Exocet up its rear wouldn't have persuaded Noel Meade's champion jibber to pass Hardy Eustace.
Meanwhile, at Uttoxeter on Saturday, Jibber The Kibber and Listen Timmy are among the 19 entries for the Ladbroke Chase.
Mr Strong Gale pulled 13 lengths clear of last-time-out winner Jibber The Kibber, but that was still not enough to trouble Stormy Passage, who ran out a cosy winner.
Jenny Pitman's horses are in good form, and Jibber The Kibber can prove the value in Cheltenham's Tripleprint Gold Cup Handicap Chase (2.
Tripleprint Gold Cup William Hill: 11-4 Stormy Passage (from 9-2), 5 Simply Dashing (from 6-1), 6 Mr Strong Gale (from 13-2), 13-2 Super Coin (from 10-1), 10 Dr Leunt (from 12-1), Northern Starlight (from 16-1), Pete The Parson, 14 Queen Of Spades (from 16-1), 16 Jibber The Kibber, Mulligan, 20 Bertone, Potter's Bay, Senor El Betrutti, 25 All The Aces, Philip's Woody, Addington Boy.
Jibber The Kipper, from Jenny Pitman's in-form stable, can foil Callisoe Bay's bid for a repeat success in the Jacky Upton Handicap Chase (2.
Highly-regarded Colonel In Chief makes the trip from the North, while Jibber The Kibber tries to follow up his seasonal debut win at Uttoxeter
Jenny Pitman, who trained last year's winner, Jibber The Kibber, is represented by Jet Rules and Arithmetic.
ENTRIES: Cyborgo, Cyfor Malta, Simply Dashing, Mulligan, Senor El Betrutti, Addington Boy, Or Royal, Challenger du Luc, Bertone, Super Coin, Tamarindo, Callisoe Bay, Pete The Parson, Squire Silk, Potter's Bay, Stormy Passage, Go Universal, Fine Thyne, Anabatic, Jibber The Kibber, Red Marauder, Colonel In Chief, Even Flow, Northern Starlight, Tidebrook, Hoh Warrior, Philip's Woody, Mr Strong Gale, Dr Leunt, Queen Of Spades, Eirespray, Wayward King, All The Aces, Forestal.
Marston was kicked in the head when falling from Jibber The Kibber at the ninth fence of the Mumm Mildmay Novices' Chase and was stood down for the rest of the day.
Jibber The Kibber showed he still has plenty of life left in him by defying top weight in the 21-furlong handicap chase, to give Jenny Pitman her first win in four weeks.
The seven-year-old, who is owned by Bill and Shirley Robins, now heads for the Tote Silver Trophy over hurdles at Chepstow, a race in which he once finished third to Jibber The Kibber and one in which the owners have a tremendous record, having already won with Danny Harrold, Mighty Mogul and Triple Witching.
The Carinthia terrain park, arguably the best and most popular in the East, was packed with talented young jibbers.
This tale also contains new creatures--there are jibbers and mages--which the Spook records in his bestiary, available as a separate book complementing the series.