cut of (one's) jib

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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.
See also: cut, jib, of
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: cut, jib, of
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The Kings Arms has got the cut of their jib just right.
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People can't beat up other people on their doorstep just because they don't like the cut of their jib.
We claim to have a well-educated population so if people back candidates because of the cut of their jib, that's their problem.
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No, what I like about the cut of their jib is their unflagging optimism.
This is someone who could quite easily turn potential owners away if he didn't take to the cut of their jib. A man who, when you visit his home, seems locked into a timewarp - somewhere between the last century and 1953.
You meet someone, like the cut of their jib, they don't seem to mind you either, so you decide to live with each other.