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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. 2017.
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  • From the curbstone he darted a keen glance through the door of the postoffice.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The posters, maculated with filth, garnished like tapestry the sweep of the curbstone.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Running ahead she went down the steps, through the gate, and into Vetch's car which was standing beside the curbstone.

    One Man in His Time Ellen Glasgow
  • He went out to the curbstone and scanned the road for a passing carriage.

  • Setting off after school for a lonely session at Sargents, at the curbstone before the shop she spied Mignons runabout.

  • By then the cab had drawn up to the curbstone and was stopped.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Half a dozen men and boys were lounging at the curbstone, and they eyed her curiously, grimly, Eveley thought.

    Eve to the Rescue Ethel Hueston
  • When they reached the curbstone—who should it be waiting for the cab but Mrs. and Miss Coleman!

  • I walked to the corner, and sat down on the curbstone, dead tired, but happy.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • In this instance a dray was backed up to the curbstone, with paper.

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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