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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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the cut of someone's jib

the appearance or look of a person.
This was originally a nautical expression suggested by the prominence and characteristic form of the jib (a triangular sail set forward of the foremast) as the identifying characteristic of a ship.
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Some newspapers are in a league of their own as regards jibber jabber, but I keep an open mind as to the future.
ONCE again, we have to suffer the egomania and vomit inducing jibber jabber of Zane Low in the name of good music, as the Beeb present highlights of last weekend's rock and pop festival from the north and south of England.
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.
com or call 0191 201 6069 SOUTH Tyneside has a long and proud tradition of seafaring, but recently reader John McCullen of South Shields wrote to tell me of another side to the area around Marsden Rock - the story of John the Jibber and is keen to know if anyone can expand upon his memories of the tale.
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.
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.
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.