At the end, those very forces whose influence he thought would be curbed had claimed his life.
Surely the unruly use of antibiotics in animal feed can and must be curbed.
"I wish, then, their spirits had been curbed," was Mr. Dare's reply.
But he curbed his desires and went quietly round the corner of the house.
And we need to be curbed on occasion, as the only way in which we may eventually become able to curb ourselves.
The Khedive will be curbed in, and will no longer be absolute Sovereign.
Angèle stamped a rebellious foot, but curbed her tongue and vanished.
John Storm curbed himself; he had been through a long schooling.
Because the lust of men must be curbed by the chains and penalties of the laws, that it transgress not all bounds.
That sane impulse was curbed, however, by the consciousness of its futility.
late 15c., "strap passing under the jaw of a horse" (used to restrain the animal), from Old French courbe (12c.) "curb on a horse," from Latin curvus, from curvare "to bend" (see curve (v.)). Meaning "enclosed framework" is from 1510s, probably originally with a notion of "curved;" extended to margins of garden beds 1731; to "margin of stone between a sidewalk and road" 1791 (sometimes spelled kerb). Figurative sense of "a check, a restraint" is from 1610s.
1520s, of horses, "to lead to a curb," from curb (n.). Figurative use from 1580s. Related: Curbed; curbing.