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forelock1

[fawr-lok, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlɒk, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
the lock of hair that grows from the fore part of the head.
2.
(of a horse) a tuft of hair above or on the forehead.
Origin of forelock1
1640-1650
1640-50; fore- + lock2; probably not continuous with Old English foreloccas (plural), attested once

forelock2

[fawr-lok, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlɒk, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
a pin or flat wedge passed through a hole near the end of a threadless bolt to fasten parts together.
verb (used with object)
2.
to fasten by means of a forelock.
Origin
First recorded in 1275-1325, forelock is from the Middle English word forelok. See fore-, lock1
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Examples from the Web for forelock
Historical Examples
  • He hesitated, biting his lip and plucking absently the tangles from the forelock of his horse.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • "Take time by the forelock, you see," said he as he recognized Ashburner.

  • Everybody in the yard touched a forelock to him as he passed.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • The sailor jumped to his feet and touched his forelock civilly enough.

    In the Days of Drake J. S. Fletcher
  • A good scout is ready for both and always grips "time by the forelock."

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Tom Peel pulled his forelock and was gone at once, delighted with his task.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • And I could n't bring him home by the forelock when I had my arms full of lambs.

    The Wrong Woman

    Charles D. Stewart
  • Some other man might take time by the forelock, and get the place.

  • He pulled his forelock as he spoke, and put on the air of a charity-schoolboy.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Eric pulled his forelock after the fashion of a charity school-boy.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for forelock

forelock1

/ˈfɔːˌlɒk/
noun
1.
a lock of hair growing or falling over the forehead
2.
a lock of a horse's mane that grows forwards between the ears

forelock2

/ˈfɔːˌlɒk/
noun
1.
a wedge or peg passed through the tip of a bolt to prevent withdrawal
verb
2.
(transitive) to secure (a bolt) by means of a forelock
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Word Origin and History for forelock
n.

"lock of hair growing above the forehead," Old English forelocca; see fore- + lock (n.2).

"Opportunity has hair in front, behind she is bald; if you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but, if she once escapes, not Jupiter himself can catch her again." ["Dictionary of Latin Quotations, Proverbs, Maxims and Mottos," H.T. Riley, London, 1866]

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