not like the cut of (someone's) jib

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not like the cut of (someone's) jib

To not find someone's general appearance, manner, mien, style, demeanor, or personality appealing or attractive. A reference to the jib sails of a boat (which denoted a ship's allegiance, and therefore its potential hostility). I'm not sure why I don't get along with Sarah. I just don't like the cut of her jib. They've got a great reputation in the industry, but we didn't like the cut of their jib during their presentation this morning.
See also: cut, jib, like, not, of
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cut of his/her jib, I don't like the

I don’t like his/her general appearance or manner. The jib is a triangular foresail, and in the days of sailing ships sailors often would recognize the nationality of a particular vessel by the precise shape of its jib. By 1800 or so the term had been transferred to human beings. In 1823 Robert Southey wrote, in a letter, that the likability of some individuals “depends something upon the cut of their jib.”
See also: cut, like, of
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