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1A person's mouth.‘he couldn't keep his big bazoo shut’
- ‘When you have nothing sensible or helpful to say, keep your bazoos shut!’
- ‘I am Senator Henry Ashurst of Arizona, and I am opposed to office holders who go to and return from Europe shooting off their bazoos about how Europe should be run.’
2A person's bottom.
backside, behind, seat, rump, rear, rear endView synonyms
- ‘You'll see patents out the bazoo, better-backed startups, higher-volume production, and better competition.’
- ‘You have talent out the bazoo!’
- ‘If you believe that literally, you've got naivety out the bazoo.’
- ‘I called today to change my package - they gave me free stuff out the bazoo the first month and I wanted to get some stuff removed.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin; compare with Dutch bazuin ‘trombone, trumpet’.
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