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[kurb-stohn] /ˈkɜrbˌstoʊn/
one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.
Also, British, kerbstone.
Origin of curbstone
First recorded in 1785-95; curb + stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for curbstone
Historical Examples
  • An awning from the house door to the curbstone, and a policeman!

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The posters, maculated with filth, garnished like tapestry the sweep of the curbstone.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He went out to the curbstone and scanned the road for a passing carriage.

  • See him genuflecting now, to kiss the curbstone and thank Allah that he is free.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • By then the cab had drawn up to the curbstone and was stopped.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • When they reached the curbstone—who should it be waiting for the cab but Mrs. and Miss Coleman!

  • A soft carpet, overlain with brown linen, is spread from the curbstone into the hall.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • In this instance a dray was backed up to the curbstone, with paper.

  • The man on the curbstone is the arbiter of our destinies, and the standard man.


    William Graham Sumner
  • He sat down upon the curbstone and buried his face in his hands.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
British Dictionary definitions for curbstone


the US spelling of kerbstone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for curbstone

1791, from curb (n.) + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for curbstone



To pretend to sell a car for a private person while actually selling it for a dealer (1990s+ Car dealers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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