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jaw away

To talk incessantly and/or at great length. I became so bored while the professor jawed away at us that I nearly fell asleep in the middle of the lecture. Whenever I meet up with Tammy, our "conversation" is always just her jawing away while I listen patiently on.
See also: away, jaw


1. With one's mouth hanging open, as due to surprise or dim-wittedness. I had to clear away the people who were standing slack-jawed on the side of the road, staring at the car wreck.
2. Moronic; very slow or dim-witted. I tried asking for directions at the gas station, but there was just some slack-jawed yokel working behind the counter.
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Co-author, Professor Philip Donoghue of the University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences said: "This is solid evidence for the presence of teeth in these first jawed vertebrates and solves the debate on the origin of teeth.
Iron Jawed Angels'' (an appellation assigned the female protesters by an outraged senator) tells its story efficiently, which means that no time seems to pass at all between Wilson's speech encouraging Congress to give women the vote and passage of the 19th Amendment.
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Warr contends that the newly identified genes probably do represent the first diversified V-region families to be found in animals more primitive than jawed fish.
All jawed fish and land vertebrates now share six steroid-hormone receptors.
Since all jawed vertebrates have the full complement of hormone receptors and no invertebrate does, the researchers focused on the root of the vertebrate family tree.
He notes that recent fossil finds from China indicate the existence of several different jawed fish early in the Silurian, which began 438 million years ago.