Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural same or Chins)
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from Burmese, 'hill man'.
The protruding part of the face below the mouth, formed by the apex of the lower jaw.
- 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.
- Adrian shook his head, lowering his chin and raising his hand to check his wig was on straight.
- The victim suffered severe cuts to the upper lip, lower lip, the chin and into his neck.
verb[with object] Back to top
Draw one’s body up so as to bring one’s chin level with or above (a horizontal bar) with one’s feet off the ground, as an exercise.
- From the very start of his bodybuilding career, the Oak made chinning a priority in his workouts.
- 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.
keep one's chin up
- informal Remain cheerful in difficult circumstances: keep your chin up, we’re not lost yetMore example sentences
- He has kept his chin up throughout his treatment and this award would be something good after having such a bad year.
- Hairdressers from Williams and Griffin were drafted in to perform the shave and Grace very bravely kept her chin up as her beautiful locks were chopped.
- I intend to fight back and regain my place on the panel and the only way to do that is by keeping my chin up and continuing with my training.
take it on the chin
- Endure or accept misfortune courageously or stoically.Example sentences
- When the British Jockey Club cracked down on him for his latest misdemeanour, he took it on the chin, accepting that he deserved it, and stating that he was unlikely to return to the saddle again.
- Some players are going to have to take it on the chin and accept that they still have to learn what it takes to win big games.
- He told one American newspaper: ‘I think I've learnt that I've got to accept that, take it on the chin, and move on.’
- [in combination]: square-chinned