cheek by jowl
- In very close physical proximity, crowded together.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
- Wee see Merchants, countrey-Justices, and Artificers to march cheeke by joll with our Nobilitie, in valour, and militarie discipline.
- 2012, Helen Pidd, The Guardian, 8 April:
- he had made his peace with the idea of spending half-term cheek-by-jowl on a cruise ship with the world's biggest Titanic enthusiasts.
- (by extension) In very close or intimate association.
cheek by jowlTranslations
- French: joue contre joue, côte à côte