cut of one's jib

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Someone’s general appearance or the implications thereof, especially in relation to making an impression or one’s style..

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  • From maritime traditions, alluding to the identification of far-off ships by the shape of their sails, as in the Naval Chronicles “From the cut of her sails an enemy.” Used idiomatically of a person from early 19th century, attested 1824, possibly influenced by similarity of triangular jib sails to a person’s nose.
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From the moment I saw him I disliked the cut of his jib.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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