Cheek by jowl

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British pronunciation/tʃˈiːk baɪ dʒˈaʊl/
American pronunciation/tʃˈiːk baɪ dʒˈaʊl/
cheek by jowl
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near one another

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cheek by jowl definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "cheek by jowl" and when to use it?

The idiom "cheek by jowl" originated from Middle English and was first recorded in the 16th century. It combines the word "cheek," meaning the side of the face, with "jowl," referring to the jaw or lower part of the face. This phrase is used to describe things or people positioned extremely close together, often emphasizing the lack of space or distance between them.

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In the cozy little café, the tables are positioned cheek by jowl, allowing for an intimate dining experience.
At the music festival, fans gathered cheek by jowl in front of the stage to get a close view of the performers.
The houses in the historic part of town are built so close together that they are cheek by jowl, with barely any space between them.
In the crowded subway during rush hour, passengers stand cheek by jowl, pressed together tightly.
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