One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Close together; side by side.‘the houses were packed cheek by jowl along the coast’
with each other, in conjunction, jointly, conjointly, in cooperation, cooperatively, in collaboration, in partnership, in combination, as one, in unison, in concert, concertedly, with one accord, in league, in alliance, in collusion, side by side, hand in hand, hand in glove, shoulder to shoulder, cheek by jowlView synonyms
- ‘The people who live cheek by jowl in the slums next in the station include a fair share of criminals indulging in railway crimes like looting, pick-pocketing and stealing of goods of passengers and also railway property.’
- ‘My day-to-day life is largely lived cheek by jowl with Bulgarian colleagues and friends.’
- ‘When landlord and tenant live cheek by jowl, it can all too easily wreck a holiday, says Rosie Millard’
- ‘Indeed, Prince Charles for many years championed ‘urban villages’ in which different types of people lived cheek by jowl.’
- ‘It stands cheek by jowl with two other delights for the boys: the Model Ships Museum and the Sport Fishing Museum.’
- ‘And as for the urban young, even parents and those who live cheek by jowl with them in our cities have difficulties motivating them.’
- ‘Agrarian societies had considerable disparities of status, but most people lived similar lives and they lived cheek by jowl.’
- ‘Within the last few decades, massive land reclamation projects and astounding growth have created one of the most modern and efficient cities in the world, where shiny modern buildings stand cheek by jowl.’
- ‘Above all, though, he was exhilarated by such a mass of people living cheek by jowl.’
- ‘We have not had a problem with leopards in over 100 years in Mumbai, though the cats have lived cheek by jowl with us.’
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