- 1[countable] either of the two bones at the bottom of the face that contain the teeth and move when you talk or eat the top/upper jaw the bottom/lower jaw
- 2 [singular] the lower part of the face; the lower jaw He has a strong square jaw. The punch broke my jaw.
- 3jaws [plural] the mouth and teeth of a person or an animal The alligator's jaws snapped shut.
- 4jaws [plural] the parts of a tool or machine that are used to hold things tightly the jaws of a vice Idioms
used to say that someone suddenly looked surprised, shocked, or disappointed
somebody's jaw dropped/fell/saggedjump to other results
used to describe an unpleasant situation that almost happens The team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. They narrowly escaped from the jaws of death.
the jaws of death, defeat, etc. (literary)jump to other results
the narrow entrance to a tunnel, etc., especially one that looks dangerous
the jaws of a tunnel, etc.jump to other results