One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Talking, especially lengthy and pointless discussion.‘a week of financial jaw-jaw’
- ‘The rest of the time Vaughn simply gibbers on and on, jaw-jawing and wise-cracking.’
Talk, especially at length.‘to jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war’
- ‘It was a day when members jaw-jawed with the new President on ways to move NSE forward.’
- ‘That isn't helped when you listen to all the politicians’ jaw-jawing from every different and conceivable point of view, all of them with different axes to grind.’
- ‘On the other hand, he and his administration folks jaw-jawed with Palestinian Arafat at every photo opportunity.’
- ‘Then I decided that was a bit softcore, so went for people electing ‘debators’ who would sit in the chamber jaw-jawing about proposed legislation.’
- ‘As Winston Churchill used to say, ‘Better to jaw-jaw than to war-war.’’
Mid 19th century: reduplication of jaw.
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