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cheek by jowl

Definition of cheek by jowl in English:

Close together: they lived cheek by jowl in a one-room flat
[from a use of jowl in the sense 'cheek'; the phrase was originally cheek by cheek]
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Indeed, Prince Charles for many years championed ‘urban villages’ in which different types of people lived cheek by jowl.
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