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Cut of His Jib
In the days of sailing ships, nationality and rigs could often be distinguished by their jibs. A Spanish ship, for example, had a small jib or none at all. Large French ships often had two jibs and English ships normally had only one.
The nose, like the jib of a ship arriving in harbor, is the first part of the person to arrive at a designated place. Figuratively, it implies the first impression one makes on another person.
No idea if it is AE or BE. Since there is a bit of ahoy about it, the expression may well cross all ponds.

cut of your jib, Language Skills Abroad
It’s easy to see just how apt the above expression is because “sheets,” for sailors back then, wasn’t a synonym for “sails.” Instead,”sheets” was the word used for the lines that tied sails to a boom, bowsprit, deck, or sides of a ship.
To get to the origin of the above expression, we have to first, obviously enough, find out what a “jib” is. In the lexicon of sailing terms, a jib is a triangular sail that sets ahead of the foremast to the bowsprit or a boom.

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