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The protruding part of the face below the mouth, formed by the apex of the lower jaw:‘grey stubble covered his cheeks and chin’
- ‘The victim suffered severe cuts to the upper lip, lower lip, the chin and into his neck.’
- ‘He yelled, while he stroked his pointy chin with his clawed right hand.’
- ‘Adrian shook his head, lowering his chin and raising his hand to check his wig was on straight.’
- ‘He backs slowly away from the door and scratches his chin in thought.’
- ‘Ant cupped his chin in his palm as he sized up his brother.’
- ‘Typical adult females have smaller jaws, noses, and chins, and thus eyes and cheekbones that are more prominent and appear to be larger than in typical males.’
- ‘His fingertips brushed my chin as out our mouths collided, and passionately we kissed under the stars.’
- ‘Coby lightly rubbed his chin on my shoulder when a laugh peeled out.’
- ‘She leaned her elbows on the windowsill, resting her chin in her hands.’
- ‘Her face was delicately formed with a thin, shapely nose and a slightly pointed chin.’
- ‘She walked over, encircled her arms about his waist, and propped her chin on his shoulder.’
- ‘In trying on the helmet, you must hold it by the chin straps.’
- ‘The King took the paper and began reading it, scratching his bearded chin.’
- ‘The girl's chin quivered, but she did not cry.’
- ‘I sat down at the kitchen table and rested my chin in my hands.’
- ‘Glancing down the hallway, he rubbed his chin thoughtfully then tapped out another set of numbers.’
- ‘He had a slightly pointed chin, and flecks of stubble grew there.’
- ‘I lifted his chin with a finger and he stared reluctantly into my eyes.’
- ‘He pulled her closer to him, cupping her chin in the palm of his hand.’
- ‘He had brown eyebrows and some brown facial growth on his chin and around his mouth.’
1informal Hit or punch (someone) on the chin:‘he looked about ready to chin someone’
- ‘In the end, he said a few interesting things to Orlando and Orlando chinned him.’
- ‘I figured if I chinned both parties pretty quickly that would stop it.’
- ‘But am I going to squawk loudly, jump through the window, chin him and nick his chips?’
- ‘Leaning back into the car at one point to right the passenger seat, I got comprehensively chinned by the headrest and would probably have gone down if the dashboard had not broken my fall.’
- ‘A few big shots went in and he seemed to lose interest and rather than get chinned out cold he just wanted to get himself out of there.’
- ‘The fellow who nearly chinned me is a big chap and he's very passionate, as we all are.’
- ‘Getting chinned by Anthony was one of the best things that could have happened to Lee.’
- ‘Do you have a friend who would be prepared to talk sensibly to this fellow without chinning him?’
- ‘He tells of his 180-bout conventional amateur boxing career which was terminated, Stockin alleges, when his dad chinned a bent official who wanted to bet on him losing.’
- ‘I'd chin them first, then keep chinning them right through the game.’
- ‘As a heavyweight I chinned 34 of my 35 victims, can you imagine what I am going to do as a cruiser?’
- ‘In 2002 a training-ground crunching tackle by Olof Mellberg on Ljungberg sparked a fight where both men got chinned and a row simmered for days.’
- ‘If it had been a policeman, a social worker, a teacher, or anybody else for that matter, chinning somebody on television, would we have heard praise from the leader of the government?’
- ‘We were real men, we'd have chinned them,’ he laughs.’
2Draw one's body up so that one's chin is level with or above (a horizontal bar) with one's feet off the ground, as an exercise:‘each boy must chin a bar four times’
- ‘By the time bombardier Billy Wood and navigator John Wilson chinned themselves into position through the nose hatch, I had pumped some of the ground crew for the naked lady's background.’
- ‘He raised himself to the top of the crib and chinned himself a couple of times.’
- ‘In sports, this move improves performance of pulling and lifting actions, as seen in the martial arts, chinning, and rope, mountain and rock climbing.’
- ‘From the very start of his bodybuilding career, the Oak made chinning a priority in his workouts.’
Old English cin, cinn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin gena cheek and Greek genus jaw.
1A member of a people of SW Burma (Myanmar) and neighbouring parts of India and Bangladesh.
- ‘In addition there were separate expeditions against the Chins and Lushais on the borders of Burma and Bengal in 1889-90; the Chins in 1892-3; and the Kachins in Upper Burma in 1892-3 and 1895.’
- ‘Most Burmese Baptists are members of the major tribal groups, including the Karens and the Chins.’
- ‘Civil war erupted, with challenges to central government by the Karens of the Irrawaddy Delta and the Chin, Kayah, and Kachin hill tribes.’
- ‘Perhaps 3 million Burmese, mostly Karens, Kachins, Chins, and Lisu, are Christians who accept animistic rituals like the Burmans, who are mostly Theravada Buddhists.’
- ‘The neighboring areas of Chin, Kachin, and Shan became part of independent Burma.’
- ‘Through the dedicated work of Judson and other missionaries, the gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout Burma, particularly among minority tribal people groups, such as the Karen, Kachin and Chin.’
- ‘The Chin worshipped the spirits of their ancestors and proved difficult to reach with the gospel.’
- ‘But groups with their own states include the Karens, Chins, Shans, Kayahs, Arakanese, Mons and Kachins, and retain their distinctive culture and rural customs.’
- ‘Myanmar's population is divided primarily into seven separate administrative states, in addition to the Burmans: the Chins, the Kachins, the Karens, the Kayahs, the Mons, the Arakenese and the Shans.’
- ‘But less often heard are the voices, the ethnic national minority groups, such as the Karen, the Karenni, the Mon, the Shan, the Chin, the Kachin and so on.’
- ‘The Burma Rifles, which normally took recruits only from the Karens, Kachins, and Chins, had formed extra battalions by recruiting Burmans.’
- ‘The Allies supported Burmese guerrillas (largely composed of Kachins, Karens, Shans, Chins, Lushais, and Palaungs), who were able to wreak havoc behind Japanese lines.’
- ‘There are also significant numbers of Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Pao, Palaung, Lahu, Wa, and Rohingya.’
- ‘Ethnic Burmese form the majority at 67.4%, and the remainder includes the Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Chins, Kachins and the Kayahs.’
- ‘Myanmar has eight major ethnic groups - Bamas, Kayins, Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Kachins, Chins and Kayahs.’
2[mass noun] The Tibeto-Burman language of the Chin, with about 800,000 speakers.
- ‘Chances are that their children will have non-Chin names and will speak no Chin.’
- ‘Thanks to her upbringing by a Karen mother and a Chin father, Phaw speaks both languages, as well as several Chin dialects, in addition to Burmese, the official language of Burma.’
- ‘The Chin language descended from Tibeto-Burman language domain.’
Relating to the Chin or their language.
- ‘One of the people here tonight to see Martin is a young Burmese man from the minority Chin ethnic group.’
- ‘But, by the grace of God, the first Chin converts were registered as Christians by Carson in 1904, and baptised during 1905 and 1906.’
- ‘If any portion of the plan failed there was still the possibility of retrieving the situation by simply attacking and if either flank attack succeeded it would bring a great advantage to the Chin army.’
- ‘Chin refugees from Burma are especially vulnerable.’
From Burmese, hill man.
- variant spelling of Jin
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