cheek by jowl

cheek by jowl
In close proximity; crammed uncomfortably close together.

All sorts of people lived cheek by jowl in the old city.

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  • Cheek by Jowl — is a theatre company founded by Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod in 1981. The company has performed across the world and, with their 1986 production of Twelfth Night, were the first to bring a Shakespearean play to The Swan. Cheek by Jowl is a… …   Wikipedia

  • Cheek by jowl — Jowl Jowl (joul or j[=o]l), n. [For older chole, chaul, AS. ceaft jaw. Cf. {Chaps}.] The cheek; the jaw. [Written also {jole}, {choule}, {chowle}, and {geoule}.] [1913 Webster] {Cheek by jowl}, with the cheeks close together; side by side; in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cheek by jowl — Cheek Cheek (ch[=e]k), n. [OE. cheke, cheoke, AS. ce[ a]ce, ce[ o]ce; cf. Goth. kukjan to kiss, D. kaak cheek; perh. akin to E. chew, jaw.] 1. The side of the face below the eye. [1913 Webster] 2. The cheek bone. [Obs.] Caucer. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheek by jowl — If things or people are cheek by jowl, they are very close together …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • cheek by jowl — ► cheek by jowl close together. Main Entry: ↑cheek …   English terms dictionary

  • cheek by jowl — adverb in close proximity (Freq. 1) the houses were jumbled together cheek by jowl * * * phrasal : with cheeks close together : in close proximity or intimate relationship people who live cheek by jowl and breathe the same air Virginia Woolf * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cheek by jowl —    If things or people are cheek by jowl, they are very close together.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    When people are cheek by jowl, they are crammed uncomfortably close together.     The refugees are living cheek by jowl in a temporary …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cheek by jowl — very close together. Business and residential buildings have been developed cheek by jowl in this city. Etymology: based on the idea that the cheek and jowl (= parts of the face) are very close to each other …   New idioms dictionary

  • cheek by jowl — beside, alongside, side by side    Jack and James fought cheek by jowl in World War I …   English idioms

  • cheek by jowl — side by side, in close intimacy They were walking down the stairs cheek by jowl when the alarm sounded …   Idioms and examples

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