jouk and let the jaw go by

A Scottish proverb counselling prudent or evasive action when trouble threatens. The phrase to jouk and let the jaw go by is also found.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 189 Juck [stoop], and let the jaw [rush of water] go o’er you. That is, prudently yield to a present Torrent.

1817 SCOTT Rob Roy II. xii. Gang your ways hame, like a gude bairn—jouk and let the jaw gae by.

1927 J. BUCHAN Witch Wood xv. A man must either jouk and let the jaw go bye, as the owercome [common expression] says, or he must ride the whirlwind.


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