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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    in boxing, a jaw that is fragile and easily broken, and by extension a person who is easy to beat Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/07/2015
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    someone who is fragile and easily upset

    There is a tendency among some reviewers to pull their punchesheck, some even refuse to get into the ring in the first place or duck back under the ropes as soon as they read a few pages and realise their subject has a glass chin.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/07/2015
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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