chin music n.
1. conversation, chatter, talk, esp. defiant, aggressive, cheeky talk.
|Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 92: Yon’s a blarney – mere claver and chin music – that gaed out at the ae lug as fast as it cam in at the ither.|
|Crockett Almanacks (1955) 125: Says I, give us none of your chin music.in Meine|
|High Life in N.Y. II 108: I thought [...] to give ’em a short specimen of Weathersfield chin music.|
|in Journal of Discourses V 101: Whenever he attempts to amuse them with his chin-music, they expect that he will say something funny.|
|North Amer. Rev. July 296: ‘Chin music’ we venture to call it.|
|Golden Butterfly II 206: ‘I am not,’ he said, ‘going to orate. You did not come here, I guess, to hear me pay out chin music.’.|
|World (N.Y.) 3 Aug. 3/1: They [...] kicked till the umpire assessed McKean $25 for too much ‘chin music’.|
|Sporting Times 22 Feb. 2/2: It transpired that we could have done without all this chin music.|
|Truth (Sydney) 2 June 3/4: I called on my friend the Barber [...] to get my customary threepenn’orth of chin music.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 10 Jan. 4/5: He and Toby Barton were members of the same debating society at Sydney university [...] George took to chin-music as naturally as a duck to water.|
|A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 61: His keen intellect active brain and abnormal capacity for chin music.|
|Sporting Times 8 Jan. 1/3: She told three or four / Just what she thought about it, with music, I’m sure, / The descriptive sort known as chin music.‘With Music’|
|S.F. Call 22 June 6/5: I should be havin’ t’anks instead o’ chin music.|
|Adventures of a Boomer Op. 60: If his chin music had been morse he’d had Barfield looking like a cadet in a ‘Ham Factory’.|
|People, Yes 90: I don’t believe a word you say but I love to listen [...] to your chin music.|
|Dan Turner Detective Mar. [Internet] It gives us a chance to fling some chin music without interruption.‘Dead Man’s Shakedown’ in|
|Dict. Service Sl. n.p.: chin music . . . talking.|
|On the Waterfront (1964) 132: Knock off the chin music.|
|(con. 1940s) Dark Sea Running 155: Knock off the chin-music, Navy.|
|5 Dec. [Internet] Did you know? [...] Other ‘chin’ expressions for loose lips include ‘chin-music’ (a noun meaning ‘idle talk, chatter’), ‘chinfest’ (another noun synonymous with ‘chat’), and ‘chin’ itself (which can be used either as a verb meaning ‘to chatter’ or a noun meaning ‘a chat’).|
|Guardian Sport 1 Mar. 22/3: Vaughan [...] confessed yesterday to knowing very little about Lawson, but expected the orchestration of ‘chin music’ to be no less intense.|
|Mad mag. Aug. 38: Dubya’s good ol’ foreign policy chin music.|
2. (US) promotional copy; persuasive writing.
|More Ex-Tank Tales 135: Some feller that’s a good ink slinger an’ thet kin spread good chin music on paper.|
to gossip, to chatter; to speechify.
|Innocents at Home 332: The thing I’m now on is to roust out somebody to jerk a little chin-music for us.|
|Sporting Times 28 Mar. 1/4: When, at Bedford College, a she-woman jerks the classical chin music, the outrage is too awful.|