lead with (one's) chin

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lead with (one's) chin

1. Literally, to approach an opponent with one's chin thrust out, thus making it easier to be hit. The cocky fighter led with his chin, daring the underdog to take a swing.
2. By extension, to do or say something aggressively and without caution. The venture capitalist, famous for leading with his chin when it comes to securing investments, is being investigated for fraud and money laundering.
See also: chin, lead

lead with one's chin

Take a risk, behave without caution. For example, Gordon always says exactly what he thinks; he never minds leading with his chin. This term alludes to a boxer leaving his chin, a vulnerable point, unprotected. [Mid-1900s]
See also: chin, lead

lead with your chin

mainly BRITISH
If someone leads with their chin, they behave very aggressively, causing a fight or argument. We don't plan to attack the administration for not spending more on education. There's nothing to be gained from leading with our chins. Note: This expression comes from boxing, and refers to a boxer fighting with their chin sticking out, making it easy for their opponent to hit it.
See also: chin, lead

lead with your chin

behave or speak incautiously. informal
This expression originated as mid 20th-century boxing slang, referring to a boxer's stance that leaves his chin unprotected.
See also: chin, lead
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Indeed, if there are common traits across the stylistic variance of Gerber's production, it's the artist's tendency to lead with his chin on sensitive cultural issues and the palpable presence of a sexualized subtext.
It is a bold and honest move - similar to Mick McCarthy's decision to also lead with his chin in not having his preparations in place in Saipan.