Cheek by Jowl

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Side by side, being very close, being together


  • It was used by William Shakespeare, in a romantic comedy play, written in 1595. Jowl is also used to represent a ‘jaw’ or a ‘cheek’. It can describe the link between friends, partners, lover or a couple. This idiom is used to describe the relation between two people, who are very close to each other. 

We thought that Smith and Ana had a fight, but last they were cheek by jowl.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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cheek by jowlIn close proximity; crammed uncomfortably close together.
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