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A bone of the jaw, especially the bone of the lower jaw.
v. jaw·boned, jaw·bon·ing, jaw·bones Slang
To try to influence or pressure through strong persuasion, especially to urge to comply voluntarily.
To urge voluntary compliance with official wishes or guidelines.

jaw′bon′er n.
jaw′bon′ing n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) politics informal US the act or an instance of jawboning
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Greenspan got things rolling by proving his anti-inflation mettle and enduring nearly constant jawboning from Bush I Treasury Secretary Nick Brady to cut interest rates.