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Old May 02, 2013, 04:26 PM
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Jib or Cut of His Jib

Jib or Cut of His Jib, ¿qué significa?
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Old May 02, 2013, 05:00 PM
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What's your context?

I found this for jib:

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A "jib" is also one of the types of sails on a sailing vessel such as a ship, a yacht, or a schooner. The shape, size and disposition of jibs (and other types of sails) varied according to local sailing traditions, and experienced sailors could identify the home port of a ship by the way it sails were mounted.

The expression "cut of one's jib" means one's general appearance and demeanor.
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Old May 03, 2013, 10:57 AM
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Oh, thank you, wrholt.

This is a new expression for me, so I'll venture some examples to see if I got it right:

- I like the cut of your jib. -> I like the way you look.

- The cut of her jib was so awful, everyone laughed at her at the party. -> Her dress and hairstyle were so ugly that everyone laughed...

- The cuts of his jib always caught everyone's attention. -> His looks always caught...

- What's wrong with the cut of my jib? Why is everyone laughing? -> What's wrong with my appearance?
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Maybe Wrholt can help, but honestly I've never heard the term before. It may be regional or esoteric. My guess is that if you use it, you will see a lot of puzzled expressions.
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I know the expression from having read it from time to time, and a few people may use it now and then, but I don't hear it very often. From the little bit I've seen about the expression, it seeem to have been invented during the 19th century, but it isn't particularly popular compared to other expressions.
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I don't like the cut of his jib.

No me gusta su manera de ser.

Used to be fairly common UK - seldom heard nowadays.
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