One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A word that is very long or hard to pronounce.
- ‘Not only is this jawbreaker incredibly long and weird looking, it has many parts-of-speech in one word!’
2trademark in UK A large, hard, spherical sweet.
- ‘Oak Leaf manufactures ball gum, chunk gum, chicle gum, pressed candy and jawbreakers.’
- ‘Saunders got me a Buddha candle holder, and I got her a bag of jawbreakers, which have turned out to be her favorite candy.’
- ‘Our delicious long-lasting jawbreakers have been a favorite for years. These 1 diameter colorful jawbreakers are sure to last you quite a while.’
- ‘I pushed it back and forth from cheek to cheek like a jawbreaker, watching from afar as my mother retrieved her notebook from her purse and began asking Mr. Welk about his tour experience.’
- ‘If you don't know what jawbreakers are, let us enlighten you. These hard, round, ball-shaped candies are often mistaken for gumballs. Trouble is, they are so hard to bite into that you risk "breaking your jaw".’
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