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1[mass noun] (especially in non-medical use) tetanus:‘for hundreds of years the most dreaded diseases were leprosy and lockjaw’
- ‘Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious but preventable disease that affects the body's muscles and nerves.’
- ‘Symptoms of the infection include muscle rigidity and spasms, particularly of the face and jaw, hence its common name lockjaw.’
- ‘Thoreau maintained a close relationship with his brother up until the latter's death of lockjaw following a freak accident.’
- ‘The victim refused to have his fingers amputated although he was given medical advice that failure to do so would result in lockjaw and his death.’
- ‘Tetanus or lockjaw may not seem to be a compelling disease to vaccinate against in elderly adults but 92 % of all cases occur in adults and 71 % are over the age of fifty.’
- ‘Mrs Wilby said she had previously seen tetanus - often known as lockjaw - in animals.’
- ‘An antitetanus serum introduced at the turn of the century greatly reduced the incidence of wounded men succumbing to lockjaw.’
- ‘Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is a disease with uncontrolled muscle spasms caused by a bacterium in a local wound.’
- ‘Of course that first thing that sprang to mind was lockjaw, but I've not been hammering any rusty nails recently, so it's unlikely.’
- ‘Is the likelihood of my coming down with lockjaw or diphtheria high enough to warrant a vaccination?’
- 1.1 Spasm of the jaw muscles, causing the mouth to remain tightly closed, typically as a symptom of tetanus.‘if your child develops lockjaw or muscle spasms—particularly after sustaining a wound—seek medical attention right away’The technical medical term is trismusfigurative ‘I laughed until I got lockjaw’
- ‘If tetanus attacks the jaw muscles it causes lockjaw.’
- ‘Tetanus often begins with mild spasms in the jaw muscles-also known as lockjaw or trismus.’
- ‘It's a terrible and often fatal disease starting with muscle spasms in the jaw and face, called lockjaw, then spreading.’
- ‘Cephalic tetanus, the least common, causes muscle spasms in the face, leading to a classic case of lockjaw.’
- 1.2US informal [usually as modifier] An accent associated with the upper class of the north-eastern US, characterized by a supposed lack of movement of the mouth and jaw:‘he disdained the preppy men with lockjaw accents who populated Nantucket during the summer’
- ‘It is hard to imagine two snobbish East Coast intellectuals with lockjaw patrician accents being invited onto prime-time television now to opine on the hot-button issues of the day.’
- ‘He was a prominent figure in New York's social scene, with his lockjaw accent, unfailing good humor, and boundless enthusiasm for new experiences.’
- ‘With his lockjaw voice and nose for journalistic stunts, George was a WASP daredevil.’
- ‘He dressed himself in white, popped his collar toward the heavens, picked up a mallet, and announced in his bogus rich boy's lockjaw, "Croquet anyone?"’
- ‘A hint of Long Island lockjaw crept into her voice, which I knew happened only in times of extreme stress.’
- ‘Even though he was raised in working-class 'burbs, he acquired a hint of Main Line lockjaw.’
- ‘She would stride onto the stage, sit confidently, legs crossed, and, in that austere, Waspy lockjaw voice that has become her trademark, do what she does best - sell order and beauty, aspiration and a sort of perfection.’
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