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curbstone

[kurb-stohn] /ˈkɜrbˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.
Also, British, kerbstone.
Origin of curbstone
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; curb + stone
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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.

    Folkways

    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

curbstone

/ˈkɜːbˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
the US spelling of kerbstone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for curbstone
n.

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

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

curbstone

verb

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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